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古川 タク

Taku FURUKAWA was born in Japan, on September 1941.

After working with Yoji KURI, he started his career as a freelance animator and illustrator, at his own studio TAKUBN BOX.

Since then, he worked for NHK , for Advertising agency, many publishers,News papers,as a illustrator or as an animation film maker. Many film works and drawing and picture books for children ,as well as experimental films and books for adults.

The vice President of Japan Animation Assosiation(JAA) and a member of Tokyo Illustrator's Society.

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Born 1941 in Mie prefecture.
Originally pulled towards manga after graduating from college with a major in Spanish due to his fondness forSteinberg and Tezuka, Furukawa's future was at first tentatively redirected upon seeing the stylish animated TV ads by Ryohei Yanagihara and Makoto Wada, and then firmly determined by his encounter with the mature experimental films shown at the Animation Sannin no Kai. Furukawa had done some part time work for TCJ on TV anime like Tetsujin 28 while studying at college (he says he had fun with the show, even drawing himself into a scene where a crowd is running from Tetsujin), but it was helping out with various independent animators including Kuri Yoji upon graduation that laid the foundation of his own independent approach.
After a few years of apprenticeship, it was while still working at Yoji Kuri's Jikken Kobo studio that Furukawa had the chance to write, direct and animate his very first film, Akatombo (Red dragonfly), which was premièred in 1966 at the third annual Animation Festival. Furukawa has since produced more than 20 short films, animated entirely by himself at his private studio founded in 1970, Takun Manga Box, funded largely by his work as an illustrator. His films have won numerous prizes around the world including the special jury's prize at Annecy. He has also left behind a large body of animated TV ads and shorts for Minna no Uta. This year he was awarded the Purple Ribbon for lifetime achievement by the Prime Minister. A DVD of his complete works until 1995 entitled Takun-Films was issued by Anido in 1998.

2010 »GRAND PRIZE(omnibus animation "TOKYO FANTAZIA" )
at Tokyo International Anime Fair2010

»Boad member ob JAA (Japan Animation Assiciation)
»Boad member ob ASIFA JAPAN

2008 »Honorable Professor of TOKYO POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY Fuculty of Arts Department of Animation
2003 -
»Professor of TOKYO POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY Fuculty of Arts Department of Animation
2007 »Jury of the Holland Animation Festival
( category of the applied films)
2000 - 2006 »The vice president of the Hiroshima International Animation Film Festival
2006 »participated in "TOKYO LOOP"
(animation superviser , a direcor of omnibus animation)
2004 »Awarded Purple Ribbon Medal
2003 »participated in "WINTER DAYS" (omnibus animation)
2002 »Ottwa'03 Taku Furukawa Retrospective
1999 »3rd Japan Media Arts Festival Excellebce Prize for "TYO-STORY"
1993 »"TAKUN FILMS" (D.V.D) compiled his all film works , some drawing works and an interview.
1992 »The 1st Prize at the Hiroshima Internatiponal Animation Film Festival for "from heart to heart"
1990 »The 2nd Prize at the Hiroshima International Animatiom Film Festival for "TarZAN".
1987 »Jury or selection comittee at Hiroshima . Shanghai, SICAF , etc.,
1980 »A member of Tokyo Illustrators Society
1979 »The 25th Bungei-Syunjyu Manga Award for the collection of cartoons "THE TAKUN HUMOR".
1975 »The Juries Special Prize at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival for "PHENAKISTISCOPE".


2008 ⁄ 5min.50sec.
Director:Taku Furukawa
Music:Momoko Furukawa
Performance:Shinya Murayama,Mie Takakuwa
Camera:Teruyoshi Goto


2009 ⁄ 3min.20sec.
Director:Taku Furukawa + Noriyuki Boda
Music,Composer, Arranger,Performer:Pechika Takahashi

Paper films

"Paper films"
2005 ⁄ 6min.
Director:Taku Furukawa
Music:Momoko Furukawa,Akihiro Yoshida
Special thanks:Hiromitsu Hashimoto