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Modern kite maker Tom Joe seeks to preserve the craft of kite making as well as the traditional Asian folklore behind it. Alan Takemoto illustrates Tom Joe’s tales of the Polynesian fish kite made from leaves and branches to fool fish; the Chinese general whose trapped army fashioned a fighting kite; and Shirone, the “kite crazy town” in Japan where 20-foot fighting kites duel in magnificent matches. Children will be inspired to try making these kites.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    14 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Awards
    Special Jury Award, 1988 Chicago International Festival of Children’s Films, 1988
  • Director
    Alan Ohashi, Alan Takemoto
  • Music
    Dan & June Kuramoto