An animation by Donna Kendrigan based on a Japanese folktale. A magic box from an island under the sea!
Filmmaker Jon Behrens’ Psychotronic 16 blog has posted an episode of a 1967 Japanese television show called Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot. The show was based on a popular manga series. It’s another example of that fantastic toy-like Japanese approach to science fiction and adventure that kids of the sixties and seventies were so familiar with.
Oh this is Halloween for real now! These tiny kids take all the ruckus very seriously and handle the terror of the situation with some admirable creativity. My favorite part is near the end where the little guy starts yelling at the adult in charge. That zombie really is pretty terrifying.
Look at this astonishing music video from a Japanese breakbeat duo called Hifana. It explodes.
Pink Tentacle has an amazing collection of freakishly bizarre Japanese children’s book illustrations by Gojin Ishihara from the 1970s. His marvelously comforting work features various humans being eaten, strangled, decapitated, tortured and generally threatened by every sort of demonic beast possible to imagine.
Well worth your time.
Pink Tentacle has Japanese sci-fi and Ultraman art by Takayoshi Mizuki. These were done in the sixties and early seventies. They remind me of the art you’d see on toy boxes.