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Animation Pioneers in Asia

8 July - 22 September



M+ Cinema presents Animation Pioneers in Asia, a landmark programme that celebrates game-changing moments in the development of independent Asian animation from the 1960s to the 1990s. Featuring hand-drawn animations, as well as films using stop-motion, puppets, papercuts, sand, ink, and more, Animation Pioneers in Asia showcases the first feature animations ever created in Korea and Thailand, alongside a rich and striking assortment of short animations from Hong Kong, mainland China, and Japan. A celebration of creative world building and risk taking, Animation Pioneers in Asia presents a fascinating and exciting journey into the heady beginnings of independent and experimental animation in our region.

8 Jul 2023
15:00 Mainland China: Revisiting the Classics
9 Jul 2023
14:30 Hong Kong: Spotlight on Neco Lo Post-screening talk with Neco Lo Che Ying
29 Jul 2023
14:30 Japan: Experimental Innovators
15:00 Hong Kong: Spotlight on Neco Lo
5 Aug 2023
15:30 Thailand: The Adventure of Sudsakorn Post-screening talk with Chalida Uabumrungjit, Director of the Thai Film Archive
27 Aug 2023
15:00 South Korea: A Story of Hong Gil-dong
2 Sept 2023
14:30 Japan: Experimental Innovators
16:30 Mainland China: Revisiting the Classics
3 Sept 2023
14:30 Thailand: The Adventure of Sudsakorn
16 Sept 2023
14:30 South Korea: A Story of Hong Gil-dong


8 July
22 September
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