Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Umezu Kazuo Documentary Finally Here!

Koji Ito, one of the webmasters from Umezu Kazuo's official homepage, followed the legendary manga creator for three years to create this documentary that showcases Umezu's personal life, from his musical side projects to the lawsuit over his Makoto-Chan House , whose inside decor needs to be seen to be believed.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to an advance press screening. More than just a documentary about Umezu's work, it offers a behind-the-scenes look into manga production and design, in addition to exploring Japan's issues with creativity and art appreciation.

The limited run starts November 23rd and continues through mid-December, so get to the Tollywood Theatre in Shimo-Kitazawa while you still have the chance!

If that's not enough Umezu-stalking for you, word on the street has it that he will be making an appearance at the University of Tokyo's Komaba Festival on November 22nd, although the exact details are yet unknown. Can we hope for another live performance?


  1. Man, I reeeally can't wait for your project with Umezu-Sensei, I mean KAZZ! I know Komaba Festival is going to be a blast! Tape your fingers and practice Gwashi hand everyday until then, ok?!

  2. any chance of getting english subbed version one day...?

  3. @bizarrejapan: As much as I would love to say yes, we just don't have the time to sub the trailer. If you meant the film itself, though, I really doubt it because I don't see someone fronting the cash to distribute it. We will be interviewing him at the end of the month, so you can always look forward to that instead!

  4. yes, I meant film... I mean, a lot of people would like to watch that, but it's impossible if it's not in english... :(