Award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful, Summer Days with Coo) and acclaimed Japanese animation studio Production I.G have scored another filmic victory with the powerful, historical tale of Miss Hokusai — available on DVD and Blu-ray March 7 through Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The anime feature reveals the life of O-Ei, daughter of the revered artist Hokusai, set in Edo-period Japan (17th-19th centuries), who diligently works in her father’s studio producing coveted works to be sold under his name.
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The two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus feature: “The Making of Miss Hokusai,” which follows director Hara and the Production I.G team along their creative journey. The DVD release offers an excerpt featurette from the “Making of.”
Synopsis: As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches — sold under the name of her father — are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike. Shy and reserved in public, in the studio O-Ei is as brash and uninhibited as her father, smoking a pipe while sketching drawings that would make contemporary Japanese ladies blush. But despite this fiercely independent spirit, O-Ei struggles under the domineering influence of her father and is ridiculed for lacking the life experience that she is attempting to portray in her art. Miss Hokusai’s bustling Edo (present day Tokyo) is filled with yokai spirits, dragons, and conniving tradesmen, while O-Ei’s relationships with her demanding father and blind younger sister provide a powerful emotional underpinning to this sumptuously-animated coming-of-age tale.
Miss Hokusai, picked up for North American distribution by GKIDS last fall, was nominated for the Annecy Cristal as well as the Annie Award for independent feature. The film won Best Animated Feature at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2015, as well as the Best Animated Feature juried and audience awards at Fantasia Film Festival.
You can read more about Miss Hokusai in the November 2016 issue of Animation Magazine.