Renowned director Sunao Katabuchi’s collaboration with mishmash*Aimee Isobe music video has been released. Katabuchi’s works include Kono Sekai No Katasumi Ni/In A Corner of this World (original manga by Fumiyo Kouno), which was partially produced through crowdsourced funds of 36 million yen, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Katabuchi’s project with mishmash*Aimee Isobe, “How much longer will I have you with me?” can be viewed here: http://mishmashjp.com/
Born in 1960, and an alumnus of Nihon University’s Faculty of Arts Department, Katabuchi’s collaborations with renowned director Hayao Miyazaki began during Katabuchi’s studies in animation and Miyazaki was a guest lecturer. The collaborations began while Katabuchi, still a student, worked on Miyazaki’s film’s screenplays, such as “Kiki’s Delivery Service” (1989). Katabuchi made his directorial debut in the Lassie TV Series (1996), then went on to direct Studio 4℃’s Princess Arete (2001), and direct/screen write TV series “BLACK LAGOON” (2006).
Recent projects include “Mai Mai Miracle” (2009), a drama film/animation following the adventures of Shinko, a young girl living in Hofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture in the 1950’s-1960’s, whose popularity spread through word of mouth, and resulted in a long-running theatrical release across Japan.
mishmash* project is the first solo project of Toshiaki Mishima, acclaimed sound programmer (since his debut work, Cornelius) and winner of the 2008 Grammy awards. Officially comprised of two members, Mishima and producer Masuya Makomu, mishmash* features artists in each of their projects.
Their first project, mishmash* Julie Watai, featured Julie Watai, globally active photographer, artist, model, and DJ; their second project featured Miki Orihara, internationally-lauded performer and principal dancer at the New York Marth Graham Dance Company. mishmash* project’s strength lies not only in their music, but also their incorporation of fantastic creators who add variety to their music videos and artwork. Their current collaboration with Instagrammer Aimee Isobe is their third project.