Private Project

Tops of Memory II ILLUSION

Hand-drawn animation using actual painting materials has a unique charm because of its a special texture or material feeling and unique sense of dynamism. Now with the help of VR video technical which broke the square frame of traditional film, it can let you experience the specially wonderful hand-drawn word through 360-degree view, give you the feeling that your body is just being in that fantastic space.

What on earth do humans remember when they remember the past? Obviously it's not the reality as it is. When the memory that recorded the past reality recurs to our mind over and over again, the memory is reconstructed over and over again by being added personal imagination and illusion, then becomes an unrealistic and illusory thing. In other words, human memory is actually an unrealstic thing that reflects one's feelings and spiritual world. It can even be said that memory is truly an illusion. "Tops of Memory II ILLUSION" expresses a scene in my memory. When I reproduced the memory that I was standing on the beautiful Philosophy Road of Kyoto, the Philosophy Road I had definitely seen with my eyes became an interesting illusion, and it just gone within one short moment.

  • Jialiang LIU
    Director
    Tops of Memory, Narcissus
  • Noriyuki SHINOHARA
    Producer
  • Keita KUROSAKA
    Producer
  • Manabu SHIRAISHI
    Producer
  • Hikaru ADACHI
    Producer
  • Xueran CHEN
    Key Collaborators
  • Amy REED
    Key Collaborators
  • Iga Adela GEROLIN
    Key Collaborators
  • Project Type:
    Student, Virtual Reality, 360 Video
  • Genres:
    Fantastic, Hand-drawn VR animation, VR, Short Film, Water Color
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    4,800,000 JPY
  • Country of Origin:
    Japan
  • Language:
    English, Japanese
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Musashino Art University
  • Montreal International Animation Film Festival - ANIMAZE
    Montreal
    Canada
    Official Selection
  • Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival
    Providence
    United States
    Semi-Finalist
  • Ivy Film Festival
    Providence, Rhode Island
    United States
    Official Selection
  • New Media Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Word Premiere
    Official Selection
  • deadCenter Film Festival
    Oklahoma City
    United States
    Honorable Mention
  • */ 18th Athens Digital Arts Festival | FutuRetro

    Greece
    May 25, 2022
    Greece Premiere
    Official Selection
  • ShorTS - International Film Festival
    Trieste
    Italy
    Italy Premiere
    Official Selection
  • ALPINALE short film festival
    Bludenz, Vorarlberg
    Austria
    Austria Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 26th AVANCA - International Meeting of Cinema, TV, Video and Multimedia
    Avanca
    Portugal
    Portugal Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Tokyo International Short Film Festival
    Tokyo
    Japan
    Award
  • 第2回HITA学生映像祭
    Ōita
    Japan
    August 28, 2022
    特別賞-Special Prize
  • International World Film Awards

    August 31, 2022
    Award Winner-The Best Virtual Reality
  • Florence Film Awards
    Florence
    Italy
    Award Winner-The Animated Film
  • European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA)

    Award Winner-BEST ANIMATION FILM
  • Northern Wave International Film Festival
    Snæfellsbær
    Iceland
    Iceland Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 7th Chaniartoon 2022 7th Chaniartoon 2022
    Chania
    Greece
    September 5, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Student World Impact Film Festival

    November 13, 2022
    Nominee
  • Independent Video Film Festival of Youtube Art Club Pavlos Paraschakis, Greece

    Greece
    September 30, 2022
    Semi-Finalist
  • Experimental Film Guanajuato
    Guanajuato
    Mexico
    October 20, 2022
    Mexico Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Sweden Film Awards

    Sweden
    October 4, 2022
    Sweden Premiere
    Semi-Finalist
  • FEEDBACK Animation Film & Screenplay Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 25, 2022
    Official Selection
  • TIAF - Tbilisi International Animation Festival

    Georgia
    November 2, 2022
    Georgia Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Black Cat Award International Film Festival

    Bolivia, Plurinational State of
    November 11, 2022
    Bolivia‎ Premiere
    Official Selection
  • とくしま4K+NEXT ~4K・VR徳島映画祭
    TOKUSHIMNA
    Japan
    November 25, 2022
    TOKUSHIMNA‎ Premiere
    Nominee
Director Biography - Jialiang LIU

JIALIANG LIU is a Chinese animator now studying at Musashino Art University in Tokyo as a PHD candidate. With great passion for painting and animation, she had decided to become an animator since she was 16 years old, because she think through animation she can create world and time with infinite possible. So, since then she has been throwing herself in hand-drawn animation. In her mind, she strongly insist that compared to digital animation, traditional hand- drawn animations have "L'AURA", because they hold originality which carrying the artworks. This originality is a characteristic which just exists in "Now" and "Here", what only traditional hand-drawn animations have. What she is doing now at Musashino Art University is trying to apply traditional hand-drawn animation to VR field, aiming at inject the "L'AURA" into new media expecting people can feel the "L'AURA" in VR's world.

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Director Statement

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

世界上没有什么可以取代坚持。

粘り強さに代わるものはこの世にありません。