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Butterfly Stroke

Katsunori Aoki, a graphic designer and creative director, is interviewed in his offices and he talks about his work during a walk in his quarters.

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This 30 minutes short documentary shows Katsunori Aoki in interview by Ayao Ishida. Aoki-san is graphic designer and creative director at his company Butterfly Stroke Inc.

We see Aoki-san in his office, his exhibition and show rooms, during a walk in his favorite living and working environments and finally at the barber.

At first, Aoki-san guides us through a small exhibition of his latest works where he tells who a "character" is developed - his company is in the character license business, and about the importance of those typical Japanese model series of manga and TV series. He is collecting them in all varieties and sizes.

Next to a character developed for Coca-Cola, we get to know about a character called Kami Robo (best translated by paper robot), a series of little wrestler figures made of wire and paper which he wants to become prototypes for real wrestlers in an event Mexico. This is told while he is sitting on the barber chair.

He explains his motives and pitfalls to become a designer and how Tokyo and specifically the quarters where he was raised and where he lives and works in have influenced his forthcoming as a designer and which role tradition and reflection of the own life is playing to come out with these specific characters he is dealing with.
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Copyright © 2011 Reinhard Bock

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