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Animezing!: Miss Hokusai

  • Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Animezing: Miss Hokusai

Presented by the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan

Presented in conjunction with the JICC's exhibition Meet Netsuke! Storytellers of Japan

CRITICS' PICK! EXTRAORDINTARY! ENCHANTING! THOUGHT PROVOKING! - NEW YORK TIMES

A SUMPTOUS, SENSOU ANIMATED WORK OF ART! - LOS ANGELES TIMES

GORGEOUS! A SMALL POETIC WONDER! - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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.

Starring Anne Watanabe, Yutaka Matsuhige, Gaku Hamada, Kengo Kora

In Japanese with English subtitles | PG-13 | 93 min | 2015 | Directed by Keiichi Hara

Image: © 2014-2015 Hinako Sugiura ・MS.HS / Sarusuberi Film Partners

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for security purposes.

Doors open at 6:00PM; screening begins at 6:30PM. No admission or re-entry will be permitted after doors close at 7:00PM or when seating is filled, whichever occurs first. 

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