Kōji Yamamura’s Oscar Nominated Short Film, “Mt. Head”
This 2002 short film by animator Koji Yamamura brought attention to the “experimental anime” genre back when Western audiences still didn’t know it was a thing. The Academy Award nominated short film takes a darkly humorous look at society, lampooning both wastefulness and public consumption. In the film, a tree sprouts out of a man’s head, attracting the attention of loud, obnoxious salarymen/women who are obsessed with hanging out around the tree. Weird and hilarious, it’s classic Yamamura. If you like this, don’t forget to check out The Old Crocodile and Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor.