Gorgeous Rosa: Cyborg Fights for Survival in Astounding Cyberpunk Animation

Gorgeous Rosa: Cyborg Fights for Survival in Astounding Cyberpunk Animation

Rosa is an epic sci-fi cyberpunk animated short film by the young comic-artist Jesús Orellana, which was created entirely by Orellana with no budget during a single year. Since its world premiere at the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival, Rosa has been an official selection at film festivals around the world and currently is in development to become a live-action motion picture.

Rosa takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where all forms of natural life have disappeared. From the destruction awakens Rosa, a gorgeous cyborg deployed from the Kernel Project, mankind’s last attempt to restore the earth’s ecosystem. The film follows the brief life and bloody death of the beautiful Rosa, who soon learns that she is not the only entity that has awakened and wanders through the dystopian steampunk landscape, scanning the strange frontier for danger as she fights for her survival.

Gorgeous Rosa: Cyborg Fights for Survival in Astounding Cyberpunk Animation

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Junko’s Shamisen: A Mini-Epic of Poetic Revenge

Junko’s Shamisen: A Mini-Epic of Poetic Revenge

Junko’s Shamisen is a super-stylized samurai tale by Canadian filmmaker Sol Friedman. The short film is an exquisite chanbara mini-epic of revenge, suffused with manga and kabuki theater. Junko’s Shamisen flawlessly integrates traditional cell animation, 2D “cut out” style set animation, comic book dialogue bubbles and even some stop-motion to round things out. All of this is woven into the live action base of the film, which leaps off the screen with vivid color, depth and texture.

Set in the dark and densely-forested, rural backwoods of feudal-era Japan, Junko’s Shamisen is the quiet story of a young peasant girl named Junko living with her blind grandfather, who plays a three-stringed instrument called a shamisena. One day, Junko returns to their simple home to discover that her grandfather has been brutally murdered. Devastated and filled with despair, Junko, accompanied by a mystical fox spirit, abandons her old life and sets off for the village in search of better fortunes. While she goes begging from house to house, young Junko inadvertently encounters the ruthless Samurai Lord Yamamura, who was responsible for killing her grandfather. Emboldened by the influence of the fox spirit, Junko breaks out of her petite and unthreatening shell and avenges her grandfather through an act of gruesome poetic justice.

Junko’s Shamisen: A Mini-Epic of Poetic Revenge

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