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Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (石川光久) - President, Production I.G.


Ishikawa founded the Production I.G with a popular character designer Takayuki Goto in 1987. The company’s name was initially “IG Tatsunoko” until it officially became Production I.G in 1993. The company has produced a number of acclaimed feature films, OVA (original video animation), TV shows, and videogames. For their storytelling and quality of animation, Ghost in the Shell (1995, directed by Mamoru Oshii, N. 1 in US Billboard Top Video Sales Chart 1996), Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999, directed by Hiroyuki Okiura, Jury's Special Prize at Fantasporto 1999), and Blood: The Last Vampire (2000, directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo), have earned critical acclaim in Japan and all around the world. Innocence, directed by Mamoru Oshii in 2004, has been the first Japanese animation feature ever to compete for the Palme d'Or at the Festival de Cannes. The works by Production I.G influenced many famous Hollywood creators, and resulted in a collaboration with Quentin Tarantino for the animation sequence in his world hit, Kill Bill: Vol. 1.

Production I.G launched a Los Angeles-based overseas subsidiary in 1997. The company co-developed and co-produced the TV series IGPX (2005, directed by Mitsuru Hongo), with Cartoon Network, the first collaboration between a US cable network and a Japanese production house.

Ishikawa was chosen as “Entrepreneur of the Year Japan (EOY Japan)” in 2003. He is also a professor at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo. He is a graduate of Meisei University.

http://www.productionig.com/

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