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Sakura Film Productions
In northern Japan, an old woman, Itako, has been bedridden for a long time. After she acts kindly towards a fox named Okon that enters her home, Okon sings a magic ballad (while playing the shamisen) that heals her such that she can walk again; together, with Okon hiding in Itako's back and singing while Itako plays the shamisen, they heal and revive others with the ballad. Eventually, they revive a princess, and are rewarded amply...but the envy of their escort results in Okon's tragic death.
- Won the 1982 Noburo Ofuji Award for Best Japanese Animation
- The puppets used in the making of the film were made of papier-mâché.
- Animation Type: Combined Stop Motion and Standard Animation
- Original Language: Japanese
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