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（27） ［English Edition］ 週刊NY生活 SHUKAN NEW YORK SEIKATSU 2016年（平成28年）8月13日（土） NYクール日本 VOICES From THE NEW YORKERS “The Osamu Tezuka Story” Justin Tedaldi This summer, COOL JAPAN from New Yorkers’ Viewpointsget to know the“God of Manga.”From Stone Bridge Lily Franky Awarded “Cut Above”Press comes “TheOsamu Tezuka at Japan Cuts JET ProgramStory,” a documen- 80 Young Americans “The Shell Collector” Also Applaudedtary manga biogra- Depart to Work in Japanphy of the influential artist and thebirth and evolution of manga and Japan Society presented Japan Cuts this past July, a film festival to intro- A send-off Party for the 2016 JETanime in Japan. Program participants was held at the Written and illustrated by longtime duce the newest, fresh talent in Japanese film. A screening of the official residence of Ambassador andTezuka associate Toshio Ban and New York Consul General Reiichironewly translated into English by “Shell Collector” was held on July 21. Leading actor Lily Franky was award- Takahashi on July 22.Frederik L. Schodt (author of This year marks the 30th anniversary“ Manga! Manga! The World of ed the Cut Above Prize, the highest recognition of the festival. Director since the JET Program was establishedJapanese Comics”), this colossal 928- in 1987. Out of about 4,000 applicationspage trade paperback covers the entire Yoshifumi Tsubota and Lily Frankie gave their comments on the film in a that were received from all over thelife of Tezuka (1928-1989), warts and United States, about 1,100 were accept- recent interview. Yoshifumi Tsubotaall. ed after a written examination and oral “Readers may be surprised to see interview. Eighty young Americanshow honestly Tezuka is depicted, as What was the motivation to make this The cinematography is movie? beautiful! from the New York region departed foran extraordinarily obsessed individual Japan on the following day.whose family rarely saw him and as Tsubota: I made “Miyoko Asagaya Tsubota: If I were to make Kibun” that centers on the relationship this work into a comic, the The JET Program was establishedsomeone who suffered from his cre- with the aim to improve foreign lan-ative impulse and hyper-competitive- between a man and woman, and after scene of a jellyfish on the the earthquake, I hoped to expand even sea surface in Yoshiharu guage education in Japan and promoteness,” writes Schodt in the introduc- regional level international exchangestion. more, making something larger. I came Tsuge’s “Neji Shiki” comes to the United States and found an inter- to mind. through youth interaction with young The creator of such beloved char- blind, the character would not look nat- foreigners working at local governmentsacters as Astro Boy, Black Jack, est in re-working American short sto- The original work by Anthony Doerr is a refined piece of literature, ural. When acting as a blind man, I hadKimba the White Lion, and many oth- ries for a Japanese audience. and I present an abstracted take on the to be careful of my movements, beingers, Tezuka also experimented with I noticed that artists in New York story through this film. aware how I react to my surroundings.darker, more adult-themed works, are showing their work and expressingpenning more than 150,000 pages themselves in many ways such as Franky: I felt like I was reading “GARO” with its hi-fi visuals. What is the future of this work?(over 700 volumes) in his lifetime, gallery shows, and I thought maybe I Tsubota: Even though various works Tsubota: Even though there are somedwarfing any other manga artist. The could create an art piece to present are featured in New York, I think commercial circumstances, I think it is and assistant English teachers in localbook includes a detailed appendix of commercially as well. Yoshiharu Tsuge is still a leader in recognized as having an artsy twist. schools.his complete creative output. I was familiar with Anthony Doerr's avant-garde Japanese film. “Miyoko Franky: Well, if it isn’t recognized as Ryan Farrell (22), a New Jersey resi- “As Tezuka grows and develops work before, reading it since 2009. In Asagaya Kibun” was shown in 12 coun- art, I am embarrassed. But anyway, I'm dent, was assigned to Mie prefecture.you are slowly introduced to his world the story about shellfish, nature, and a tries around the world with positive very glad to be able to participate in Excited to be an assistant Englishand genius. This book isn’t just a blind oceanographer, I wanted to show response. Sometimes abstract and con- this movie. teacher, he said, “ I wish to teachbook about a man, it's a book about to the world how there are things that ceptual projects that arise from the sub- When I was a child, there was a wide American culture to Japanese children inthe development of a nation,” says the oceanographer does see. cultures of Japan are considered art range of films and strange movies. junior high schools.” Moises Diaz (25)Alexis Agliano Sanborn, a New York However, such things are removed will be sent to Kushiro City, Hokkaido.University program coordinator and Why did you accept the lead role? when presented in New York. now, so I want young people to watch Eager to experience Japan, he said, “IJapan specialist. “Japan wouldn't be Franky: When I read Doerr’s book What did you find difficult in this role? movies like these, where you can’t hear there is a famous bridge and a largethe Japan it is today without Tezuka, and the original script for the film, I Franky: Even though it is fantasy, the quite put the meaning in words. market, and that sushi is deliciousand this book helps you realize it.” thought the script would make an interesting film, so I accepted. blind person doesn’t have any special there.” For more information, visit the (Photo & Text by Ryoichi Miura/ (Photo & Text by Ryoichi Miurawebsite at www.stonebridge.com/ This is my first role in 15 years and powers, so without showing the daily struggles and inconveniences of being Translated by Arata Oyama) /Translated by Kunio Shimura)catalog/the-osamu-tezuka-story. the last movie that I appeared in is (Justin has written about Japanese abstract in the same way as this one, so NY COOL JAPAN is the English Edition of SHUKAN NY SEIKATSUarts and entertainment since 2005. there was no pressure to work with NEW YORK SEIKATSU PRESS, INC., 71 W 47 St, Suite 307 New York NY 10036 USAFor more of his stories, visit him when I was first approached for Editor in chief: Ryoichi Miura, Associate Editor: Travis Suzaka, Editor: Kaoru Komihttp://jetaany.org/magazine.) the role. 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