2 user

Briar-Rose or the Sleeping Beauty (1992)

Ibara hime matawa Nemuri hime (original title)
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dôjôji (1976)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man who is on a pilgrimage spends the night with a woman. After they share a moment of passion, he runs away and she chases him.

Director: Kihachiro Kawamoto
Fusha no sha (1988)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Ji Chang wants to be the best archer in the world. He seeks out a master who is able, at a distance, to shoot a single leaf off a tree. Over several years, the apprentice studies with the ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachiro Kawamoto
Stars: Isao Hashizume
Oni (1972)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two brothers who live with their sick mother go deer hunting, but encounter a demon.

Director: Kihachiro Kawamoto
Kataku (1979)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Through puppets and animation, a traveler tells his story of walking through Settsu, coming to the town of Ikuta. He asks if someone can show him the Seeker's Mound. Late that day, a ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachiro Kawamoto
Stars: Tetsunojo Kanze
The Trip (1973)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A woman taking a trip encounters a nightmarish landscape juxtaposed against scenes of classical beauty.

Director: Kihachiro Kawamoto
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A cautionary tale about workers who are neglected, lose hope, and fade away while businessmen prosper by selling out to foreign countries. As the greed of the businessmen escalates, the ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachiro Kawamoto


Credited cast:


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


Animation | Short






Release Date:

7 September 1992 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Briar-Rose or the Sleeping Beauty  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The story didn't do a lot for me, but the animation was absolutely lovely.
16 September 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an unusual production. The animated film was made by a Japanese director and the film is in Japanese, but the project was made in Czechoslovakia (just before the peaceful division of the country) by the Jirí Trnka Studio. In the 1940s-60s, Trnka was one of the few animators who used stop-motion. Now, decades later, Kihachiro Kawamoto, who had done some lovely stop-motion films in Japan, went to work with the studio created by Trnka--combining the best of both talents.

The merging of Japanese and Czechoslovakian elements made for a very unusual film. The Czechoslovakian aspects of the film seemed to be in the overall style of the sets and characters. They appear to be European from about the 15th century and there isn't a trace of Japan in this. As far as the characters go, they are like works of art--truly beautiful and the costumes they wear are amazing. The Japanese aspect of the film is the story. I have watched and reviewed quite a few Japanese films and unlike traditional European stories, the films aren't as predictable and the stories are often more melancholy. Additionally, nudity and sex aren't as taboo in Japanese films and so when there is a nude scene, I wasn't all that surprised--even though the story is ostensibly a re-telling of a fairy tale.

And this takes me to what I think is the weakest part of the film. The story itself wasn't all that satisfying, as the many story elements didn't necessarily create a satisfying whole. It wasn't bad, really, just not the strong point of the story. But, because the film is so visually stunning, I still recommend you watch it. However, you may think twice about showing it to younger viewers.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: