The ODDTAXI Duo Announces New Housenka Movie

Image via Annecy International Film Festival website

The original anime film Housenka (Touch-Me-Not), directed by Baku Kinoshita and written by Kadzuya Konomoto, will be previewed as part of this year’s Work in Progress schedule, the festival’s official website said on Thursday.

The same-named French town will host this year’s Annecy from June 9 to June 15.

The largest and oldest animation film festival in the world was founded in 1960 and is called Annecy.

The movie has a 75-minute length according to Annecy. With Konomoto receiving credit for both the original concept and the script, Kinoshita is directing the movie.

Michinoku Toge is credited with concept art, and CLAP (Pompo: The Cinéphile, The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes) is in charge of the animation production.

The movie is described by the film festival:

Autumn 2023. Akutsu, an elderly inmate serving life in prison, is on the verge of a lonely death in his single cell.

A flower, touch-me-not, that can talk like humans says to him, “What a rotten life you had.” Through their “conversation”, Akutsu starts reflecting on his past. Summer 1986.

Akutsu is living with NANA, a woman six years his junior, and her son Kensuke in a shabby apartment with a garden full of touch-me-nots.

A one-night victorious comeback by a dying yakuza, and the story of his family recounted by a flower that blooms in prison.

Source: ANN