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Still from "butterfly stroke" - Ayako Ishida and Katsunori Aoki in the streets of Kachidoki, Tokyo, Japan

This short was videographed in Tokyo, Japan, in November 2010

Here is a compact synopsis:

This 30 minutes short documentary shows
in interview with

Aoki is graphic designer and creative director
at his company

We see Aoki in his office, his exhibition and show rooms,
during a walk in his favorite living and working environments
and finally at the barber

At first, Aoki guides us through a small exhibition of his latest works
where he tells us how a "character" is developed
his company is in the character license business
and he reflects the importance of those typical Japanese model series of
manga and TV series for his work
Yes, he is collecting them in all varieties and sizes
to remind him how complex and multiple
a design task may be
and that there is always more than one way
to come up with a solution

Next to
a character developed for a Coca-Cola ad campaign
we get to know about a character called
(best translated by "paper robot")
a series of little wrestler figures made of wire and paper
invented by Tomohiro Yasui
which Aoki wants to become prototypes for real wrestlers in an event Mexico
This is told while he is sitting on the barber chair

He explains his motives and pitfalls to become a designer
and how Tokyo and specifically the quarters where he was raised
and where he lives and works in have influenced his forthcoming as a designer
and which role tradition and reflection of the own life is playing
to come out with these specific characters he is dealing with

Reinhard Bock, June 2011

This video was programmed for

("MiniDox" shortfilm section)

excerpt from festival program

(cutout from FLIMMER FESTIVAL poster -

Watch trailer at
see also: special edition of TWO DOCUMENTARIES

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