Satoshi Kon – Editing Space & Time

Four years after his passing, we still haven’t quite caught up to Satoshi Kon, one of the great visionaries of modern film. In just four features and one TV series, he developed a unique style of editing that distorted and warped space and time. Join me in honoring the greatest Japanese animator not named Miyazaki.

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For further reading/viewing, I highly recommend:
Andrew Osmond’s book “Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist” (my major source)
Kristin Thompson’s essay on match cuts & graphic matches
And this tumblr with an excellent name

Susumu Hirasawa – Meditational Field
Susumu Hirasawa – Chiyoko’s Theme
Susumu Hirasawa – A Drop Filled with Memories

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20 Responses

  1. Paul Liu says:

    crap now i want to understand every detail of that last short film to appreciate it better but I'm two years late and nobody's gonna see this HEUGGGH

  2. taqu says:

    Satoshi Kon is my favorite director. David Lynch is a close second, almost tied, but what differentiates Satoshi Kon is that his filmography is perfect. All of his movies and TV show and shorts, are good – there are no duds. Lynch, as great as he is, has made bad movies. Of course, Satoshi Kon has the "advantage" that his works are limited. He never got to make that many movies, and now he never will. But what he did create were all different levels of awe-inspiring.

  3. Fabian Stummer says:

    I know this is an old video, but have you ever seen Un Chien Andalou by Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali? It has some match cuts, especially the opening scene with 3 intensely striking intercut images. Possibly one of the most incredible opening scenes in cinema.

  4. Anish Kumar says:

    can anyone tell which all anime and movies scene are used in this video. That will be a great help.

  5. Nocoras Velasquez says:

    Cuando vi Paprika era un niño y a pesar de que no entendí nada,pero me encanto, por eso llegue hasta este vídeo

  6. flamefilmpro says:

    one of my favorite directors. a true legend!

  7. zhang yue says:

    I can't help but to leave a comment, keep up the good work

  8. Luis Fernando says:


  9. SundayMorning says:

    Wow it's like your sleepy mind needs to catch up with your body. I kinda get it! I like this dream state/reality mix. It's so cool to learn about different aspects of filmmaking, even animation. Creativity can really take hold on editing I didn't know thast before. I like the little short at the end.

  10. Greg Arciniega says:

    one of my favorites of your work/vids… thank you

  11. drakeunderscoremason says:

    Please do an essay on Susumu Hirasawa!

  12. Zé Ninguém says:

    "Hey dad! let's watch a Movie together!"
    "Ok , What is It?"
    "Oh ! It's a great film! Its an Animated Act-"
    "Why Does It Have to Be a Cartoon?"

  13. cooker newbil says:

    thanks guys

  14. Maximiliano Michell says:

    Miyasaki, Satoshi and now Makoto Shinkai… the greatest of the great

  15. Arvind ke bawaal says:

    after watching papariko i ended up here after a lot of angriness due to many underrated movies and fined this channel who really know what's movies i simply liked shared subscribed and comment here what you reading😉

  16. Ima Dork says:

    My mom wont even watch Miyazaki movies let alone non-dubbed anime. She doesn't like them because she thinks all Japanese people are racist, which is… just… FANTASTICLY Ironic…

  17. 호랠리 says:

    한글 감사요

  18. John F. Kennedy says:

    Holy shit, this man was a genius.

  19. Catharsys Virgo says:

    Thanks a lot from a frenchy for your amazing job! Your channel is definitivly one of the best about film making!

  20. Ungegurkt says:

    i want to ahve those drugs that he took ;D such a genius in making mind fuck anime …its sad that the anime industry lost him

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