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Family Programming

Oni: Thunder God’s Tale

Directed by Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi

1 Oct
Sat, Oct 1, 2022 at 10:30 am PT
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Guests Expected

Director Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi and Producer Sara K. Sampson expected to attend


A lushly animated celebration of Japanese culture from Netflix and Tonko House, makers of The Dam Keeper, Moom, and Pig: The Dam Keeper Poems. In a world filled with Japanese mythological gods and monsters, one of the creatures’ free-spirited daughters, Onari, is determined to follow in the footsteps of the mighty heroes of lore, but her unique powers are yet to be revealed. Does she have what it takes to fight to protect her peaceful village from the encroaching threat of the gods’ mysterious enemies, the “Oni”? Featuring the voice talent of Craig Robinson, Momona Tamada, Anna Akana, George Takei, and Archie Yates. We will be screening episodes 1 & 2. The full series will debut on Netflix later this Fall.

During audience seating we will begin with a Taiko drum demonstration from students in the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program at Clarendon Elementary. Stick around afterwards for a Q&A and meet & greet with Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi and Sara K. Sampson.

This special event, hosted by SFFILM Education under its Family Programming initiative, is free and open to the public. Advance RSVP is required.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Director Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi

Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi, originally from Japan, is a filmmaker and painter. A graduate from The School of Visual Arts in New York, Dice has worked as a visual development/color key artist at Blue Sky Studios on Ice Age, Robots, and Horton Hears A Who! His credits at Pixar Animation include Lighting Art Director for Toy Story 3 and Monsters University. After the success of Dice’s directorial debut, the Academy Award nominated short film The Dam Keeper, Dice left Pixar to co-found Tonko House Inc. with Robert Kondo. Dice is passionate about charity work and spearheaded both The Totoro Forest Project and Sketchtravel and in 2021 was recognized for his charitable contribution to the animation community with the June Foray Award.

Producer Sara K. Sampson

Sara K. Sampson is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in Oakland, CA. Born and raised in Kentucky, she moved to California in 2012 to launch her career at Pixar Animation Studios. While there, Sara contributed to several features such as the Academy award-winning films Coco and Inside Out.

After five years at Pixar, Sara left to oversee production on three films, which include the independent short, Sonder, the Emmy award-winning LOVE, DEATH, + ROBOTS episode, The Witness, and Emmy award-winning Google Spotlight Stories film + VR experience, Age of Sail.

Sara recently produced the Emmy-nominated Glen Keane Productions + Netflix Original Series, Trash Truck. She is currently producing the Tonko House + Netflix Animated Event Series, ONI: Thunder God’s Tale, while continuing to write and direct independent films.


Film Details

Language English

Year 2022

Premiere World Premiere

Runtime 78

Country USA, Japan

Director Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi

Executive Producer Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo, Kane Lee

Producer Sara K. Sampson

Writer Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi, Mari Okada

Editor Bradley Furnish and Kendra Juul

Music Pep Magic

Cast Craig Robinson, Momona Tamada, Anna Akana, George Takei, Tantoo Cardinal, Brittany Ishibashi, Archie Yates, Seth Carr, Omar Miller, Charlet Takahashi Chung, Miyuki Sawashiro, Yuki Matsuzaki, Robert Kondo

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio descriptions are not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.