Giovanni’s Island (Jobanni no shima)

Mizuho Nishikubo

Japan, 2014 / 102 min / Original Japanese and Russian version with french subtitles / Japanese animation

Brothers Junpei and Kanta live with their family on the Japanese island of Shikotan.

It is 1945, the war is lost and the island is invaded by Russian troops who move into local homes and arrest many of the male inhabitants. The boys befriend Tanya, daughter of the Soviet commander and a blossoming relationship develops until events take a serious turn, which threatens the island’s frail stability.

The enduring optimism of the brothers and the memories of a story their father told them, allow them to keep on believing that a better life is just around the corner.

Sun 08/03 15:00 Ciné Utopia FR* Public

FR* : Vo japanese and russian with french subtitle

“An incredibly affecting story, incredibly well told - this is surely a future classic that will be spoken of for decades to come.” - UK Anime Network

  • Special Distinction, 38th Annecy Animation Film Festival, 2014 - Satoshi Kon Award, 18th Fantasia Film Festival, 2014 - Audience Award, 18th Fantasia Film Festival, 2014 - Jury Special Mention, 13th Nueva Mirada, 2014
Cast & Credits
Masachika Ichimura, Polina Ilyushenko
Shigemichi Sugita, Yoshiki Sakurai
Yumiko Nakata
Fusanobu Fujiyama
Masashi Sada
Japan Association of Music Enterprises (JAME), Production I.G.
Viz Europe

As a longtime and trusted collaborator of Mamoru Oshii, Mizuho Nishibuko (born 1953) has worked as head of animation on most of Oshii's films, including both "Ghost in the Shell" movies (1995, 2004) and "The Sky Crawlers" (2008). His credits as a director include Otogi Zoshi, Atagoal: Cat's Magical Forest and Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai (2009).

  • Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai, 2009
  • Atagoal: Cat’s Magical Forest, 2006
  • L’histoire du demon numérique / Digital Devil Story Megami Tensei, 1987