Anime Limited Acquires Miss Hokusai for Theatrical and Home Video Release
28/02/2015 Leave a comment
The latest big announcement from Anime Limited comes in the form of Miss Hokusai; a relatively new film from Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell) that was directed by Annecy winner Keiichi Hara.
Miss Hokusai, which is based in the Edo period of Japan, will see a limited theatrical run in Cinemas across the UK in May; while a Blu-ray and DVD release of the film will become available later in the year; as el presidente of Anime Limited, Andrew Partridge, explains:
“I’m thrilled to be able to bring this beautiful film to the UK. It’s a wonderful story with an interesting historical setting that is both enjoyable and fascinating. I’m really looking forward to giving this film a great release”.
Specifics on the films release details, such as cinema locations, have yet to be confirmed; but we do know that the film will make it’s UK debut on the 9th May 2015. To get us in the mood for this latest ‘cinematic’ outing Anime Limited have provided us with an ‘in-depth’ synopsis of what to expect from the film:
The place: Edo, now known as Tokyo.
One of the highest populated cities in the world, teeming with peasants, samurai, townsmen, merchants, nobles, artists, courtesans, and perhaps even supernatural things.
A much accomplished artist of his time and now in his mid-fifties, Tetsuzo can boast clients from all over Japan, and tirelessly works in the garbage-loaded chaos of his house-atelier. He spends his days creating astounding pieces of art, from a giant-size Bodhidharma portrayed on a 180 square meter-wide sheet of paper, to a pair of sparrows painted on a tiny rice grain. Short-tempered, utterly sarcastic, with no passion for sake or money, he would charge a fortune for any job he is not willing to undertake.
Third of Tetsuzo’s four daughters and born out of his second marriage, outspoken 23-year-old O-Ei has inherited her father’s talent and stubbornness, and very often she would paint instead of him, though uncredited. Her art is so powerful that sometimes leads to trouble. “We’re father and daughter; with two brushes and four chopsticks, I guess we can always manage, one way or another.”
Decades later, Europe was going to discover the immense talent of Tetsuzo. He was to become best known by one of his many names: Katsushika Hokusai. He would mesmerize Renoir and van Gogh, Monet and Klimt, Edmond de Goncourt and Debussy.
However, very few today are even aware of the woman who assisted him all her life, and greatly contributed to his art while remaining uncredited. This is the untold story of O-Ei, Master Hokusai’s daughter: a lively portrayal of a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father, unfolding through the changing seasons.
Miss Hokusai will receive a limited run in cinemas across the UK in May; while the Blu-ray and DVD release of the film will be later this year – further details for each will be confirmed in the following months.