Fresh from a limited theatrical release through GKids last fall, Production I.G’s animated historical drama Miss Hokusai (adapted from the manga by Hinako SUGIURA) will soon find a more permanent home courtesy of a Blu-ray release from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists.
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.
The dual-format Universal Blu-ray / DVD set will present Miss Hokusai in both its original Japanese as well as dubbed English, and is set to include a making-of featurette, trailers, as well as a digital copy. The disc streets on March 7rd, and is available for preorder through Amazon.com and other retailers.
Miss Hokusai 「百日紅」 was directed by long-time Crayon Shin-Chan alum and Colorful director Keiichi HARA from a screenplay by Colorful‘s Miho MARUO (The Dog of Flanders).