Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

Director: Kotaro Tamura Run Time: 99 min. Release Year: 2020

Starring: Kaya Kiyohara, Kazuyuki Okitsu, Lynn, Taishi Nakagawa, Yume Miyamoto

Country: Japan
Language: Japanese

“A charming, unashamedly melodramatic anime…crafted with a gently flowing, almost Zen tranquility”

– Wendy Ide for Screen Daily

About the film:

Premiered as the closing film at the 2020 Busan International Film Festival and was nominated for Animation of the Year for the 44th Japan Academy Awards.

A youth romantic drama with themes of growing up, the story focuses on college student Tsuneo and dreamer Josee, who lives her life stuck in a wheelchair. Josee—named after the heroine in Françoise Sagan’s Wonderful Clouds—spends most of her days reading and painting until by chance she encounters Tsuneo, and decides it’s time to face the real world.

About the filmmakers:

The feature film debut from Tamura Kotaro, who directed the 2014 anime Noragami (2013) and worked as an assistant director on Mamoru Hosoda’s award-winning Wolf Children (2012).

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish is based on a 1985 short story written by acclaimed author Seiko Tanabe and animated by studio Bones, the artists behind Fullmetal Alchemist and Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple.

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