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As a young girl sets out on a typical train journey, she spots an advertisement for travelling the world and decides to visit far away lands. After disembarking from her plane, she stops to admire some classical sculptures when she encounters an old blind man who leads her through a labyrinth of gravity-defying staircases to the top of a tower. However, the girl soon realizes that despite the gorgeous artwork, not everything in this fantastical world is as beautiful or as welcoming...
After his mother suddenly disappears and he is fired from his job for daring to confront his boss about unfair wages, a man begins to live a solitary life. Unable to relieve the suffering of his ex-co-workers, the man scribbles down encouraging words to hand out to them as they leave for the day. As the harshest winter the town has ever known sets in, all hope for survival seems lost, but amidst the snow, ice and suffering, one man awakens to his true calling as a poet.
Both of these are experimnetal shorts by Kihachiro Kawamoto. They're both fairly abstract (though Tabi is far odder and more nightmareish) and use a similar cutout style of animation.
Both are short films that were directed and produced by Kihachiro Kawamoto. Both have a similar animation style and both are abstract with plenty of symbolism. However, they have different plots and Tabi is a bit darker. Still, if you like Kihachiro Kawamoto's works and/or you would like to watch something different from your usual anime, then you should check out both.
In a dark and largely abandoned city a little girl wanders in search of something – beneath the folds of her dress she carries a mysterious giant egg. While living on the streets, she encounters a lonesome warrior who has forgotten his past and his purpose and, like the girl, travels aimlessly. Now they journey together, mistrustful of each other whilst sharing in the silence of the city. But who is the little girl? Who is the warrior? And what form of creature lies sleeping inside the egg?
While they have different animation styles, both Angel's Egg and Tabi are very abstract and take place in a serreal world. Both contain large amounts of symbolism. If you want to see something unusual and abstract, then check out both.
It’s nearing the end of the scheduled program at a popular dog track, but before the final race of the day there’s a special performance. Enter the ringmaster who promptly attaches fish on sticks to the dogs’ collars and sets them off to race. Unfortunately, the canines just run in circles attempting to grab the tasty morsel, much to the anger of the crowd. As the hounds scramble around in a hunger-driven frenzy and the crowd begin to boo, the ringmaster insists they calm down before proceeding to inform the audience that the way they chase after money is no better than how the dogs chase the fish. With everyone’s anger growing, can the ringmaster’s message get through as the race attempts to continue as normal?