Ryu Kato creates living paintings that dance beautifully across the screen. In both his artwork and his animation, Kato emphasizes the rhythmic and the unexpected -- qualities that he believes add a human touch to anime. Apart from his own independently produced shorts, Kato has directed animations for music videos, live concerts and TV.
<em>Ryu Kato</em><br />Kato was born in 1980.<br /><br /><em>Major animated works</em><br />"around" (2007)<br />･ Best Film at ASK? Film Festival<br />･ Grand Prize in the Experimental Movie Category at the International Young Filmmakers Festival of Granada<br />"The Clockwork City" (2007)<br />･ Grand Prize at the Kichijoji Animation Film Festival<br />･ Notable Entry Prize in the Student Category of the Tokyo Anime Awards<br />"A Dinosaur in the Afternoon" (2010)<br />･ Jury Award Winner in the Animation Category at the Japan Media Arts Festival<br />People In The Box "Hot Air Balloon" (2013)<br />･ One of the year's 50 best music videos, as awarded at the 2013 Space Shower Music Video Awards
<em>Dance, Dance, Dance</em><br />This video, commissioned by Japanese rock band People In The Box, was created entirely with watercolor paints. The video follows a dancer as she dynamically leaps and pirouettes through a vividly realized fantasy landscape.
<em>Nimrod</em><br />In this experimental music video, Kato applied oil paints to the pages of an actual book and animated the images using stop-motion.
<em>The Nighthawk Star</em><br />In this 2013 animation that Kato directed for TV, a nighthawk loses its home when it is chased out of its native forest. The animation is based on a short story by one of Japan's greatest fantasy writers, Kenji Miyazawa, who wrote numerous stories and poems that reflected his love of nature.