Echo of Astro Boy’s Footsteps
The Echo of Astro Boy’s Footsteps
The Echo of Astro Boy’s Footsteps


  • Tuesday 04 October 18:45
  •  Wednesday 05 October 12:00
  • All Tickets £10.00/£5.00


82 mins

Director: Masanori Tominaga Country: Japan
Writer: n/a Original Format: HDCam
Dir. of Photography: Yuta Tsukinaga, Masanori Tominaga Print Source: Atsuko Ohno
Producer: Masashi Sakamoto, Atsuko Ohno
Cast: Matsuo Ohno, Open Reel Ensemble, Maki Nomiya

Film Details

European Premiere

In Competition: Best Documentary

Short Synopsis:

The man who created the sounds of the future, legendary sound designer Matuo Ohno, most famous for his work on the 1963 animated TV show Astro Boy. 


Director Masanori Tominaga’s Echo of Astro Boy’s Footsteps offers the first look at the art and attitude of Japan’s sound design pioneer, Matsuo Ohno. The film is remarkable for two reasons: it contains rare archive footage, film photographs and sound of Ohno at work in television, cinema and studio recordings; it also reveals what happened to Ohno after he walked away from his career.

The Echo of Astro Boy's Footsteps Peers and colleagues of Ohno’s, as well as key representatives of his legacy, notably Rei Harakami and the Open Reel Ensemble, comment on the significance of Ohno’s contribution to international sound design. The defining moment, according to all, occurs when he collaborates with Osamu Tezuka on ubiquitous T.V. animation Astro Boy. Ohno conceived and created the electronic sounds that give the character, and the series, a key part of his identity. This was pivotal moment for electronic sound design in Japan and Ohno’s work began to cross over into the burgeoning world of electronic music, previously in the hands of composers such as Toru Takemitsu.

By bringing his new techniques into the world of anime, Matsuo Ohno would be changing the perception of electronic sounds forever. Yet Ohno’s career did not take the path he might have wished it would and he made the decision to walk away from it all, to take up something else entirely.

by Stephen Sarrazin

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