Japan is the world’s third largest economy. It’s a place where work is taken very seriously indeed – but so, too, is entertainment. And there is nothing the Japanese like better than losing themselves in fantasy, particularly the country’s famous animation films. The appetite for these films is huge and people often queue up way before shops open to get the very latest offering. There is also a long queue of people trying to get into the industry itself. It’s very competitive. This film follows the fortunes of Kaori, an animation student, who works long, long hours painstakingly producing frame by frame her animation film. She is just one of 700 students studying animation at the Nippon Engineering College in Tokyo.
Part of a 6 x 25-minute documentary series produced for the BBC. These films can be bought individually or as a series