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    Cannes Classics 15.05.19 . 08:25 AM Update :18.05.19 . 09:41 AM

    Hakujaden (The White Snake Enchantress) by Taiji Yabushita, the pride of Japanese anime

    Picture of the movie Hakujaden ( The White Snake Enchantress )

    Picture of the movie Hakujaden ( The White Snake Enchantress ) © TOEI COMAPNY, LTD.

    Restored for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Japanese anime, and the 60th anniversary of the film’s release, the now classic Hakujaden (The White Snake Enchantress) by Taiji Yabushita is being screened this year at Cannes.

    Hakujaden (The White Snake Enchantress), a poetic anime film, continues to make its mark on both young and old minds alike several decades after its release. The first full-length Japanese anime filmed entirely in color, Hakujaden (The White Snake Enchantress) is the adaptation of the famous Chinese legend of the white snake “Bai Su Zhen”. The film recounts the love story of Bai Niang, a white snake transformed into a princess, and a young man named Xu Xian. In this anime film produced by the Toei Doga Studio (now called Toei Animation), the audience follows the two lovers, who will have to confront numerous perils accompanied by a group of animals determined to help them find happiness.


    Only two voice actors were hired to interpret all the characters in this ambitious project inspired by the Walt Disney animated film model, which had already achieved great success in the 1950s. This inspiration would produce a unique film having no need to envy those of the American studio. Hakujaden (The White Snake Enchantress) remains today a symbol of pride for Japanese anime. A long series of anime films from the Toei studio followed, as did many others, such as the films from the famous Ghibli studio of Hayao Miyazaki
     

     

    A presentation of Toei Animation Company, Ltd., Toei company, Ltd. and the National Archive of Japan. 4K scan and restoration from the original negative, recording and animation equipment by Toei lab tech co., ltd. and the Toei digital center.
    Written by Andréa Mendes
    THE WHITE SNAKE ENCHANTRESS
    Cannes Classics

    HAKUJADEN

    Yabushita TAIJI

    JAPAN - 1958

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    • Screening 15-05-2019 2:00 PM Salle Buñuel
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    Cannes Classics 15.05.19

    Hakujaden (The White Snake Enchantress) by Taiji Yabushita, the pride of Japanese anime

    Restored for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Japanese anime, and the 60th anniversary of the film’s release, the now classic Hakujaden (The White Snake Enchantress) by Taiji Yabushita is being screened this year at Cannes.

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    Cannes Classics15.05.19

    Hakujaden (The White Snake Enchantress) by Taiji Yabushita, the pride of Japanese anime

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