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Animation 2018

Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors

Momotarô: Umi no shinpei

This WWII propaganda film avoided destruction – and we screen the restoration here.

Image from Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors

Japan 1944
Dir Mitsuyo Seo
74min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Although all copies were ordered to be destroyed by occupying forces, a copy of this WWII propaganda film survived, and after being unseen for many decades was restored. For the first anime feature film ever made, Seo drew inspiration from Disney’s Fantasia to tell the story of a young monkey, bear, puppy and pheasant who rise through the ranks of the animal navy to save Asia from Western colonisation.


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