“Atama-yama” (“Mount Head”) by Kōji Yamamura is a short animation adapted from the traditional Japanese fable about a man who swallows a cherry pit, only to find that a cherry tree has grown out of his head. The man tries to deal with this awkward side effect, but it gets him into trouble. With its unique visual style, “Atama-yama” stands out among the animations created in the Country Of Cherry Blossoms.
The film won the Crystal Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 75th Annual Academy Awards (along with “The Cathedral” by Tomasz Baginski).
Director: Kōji Yamamura, writer: Shôji Yonemura, composer: Takeharu Kunimoto, Japan 2002, animation, 10 min.
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