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Experience Japan through cinema
Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016
An inspiring collection of contemporary Japanese cinema in partnership with The Japan Foundation.
See work from Japanese filmmakers who have captured the highs and lows of life – stories of people persevering, reconciling or overcoming the environment they live in.
Miss Hokusai (12A)
Japan, 2015, 93 mins. Dir. Keiichi Hara.
Japanese with English subtitles
Set in early 19th century Japan during the Edo period, this animation brings to life the story of O-Ei, the daughter of the ukiyo-e master, Katsushika Hokusai (globally famous for his piece The Great Wave). Inheriting both her father’s stubbornness and his talent, O-Ei’s art is so powerful that it leads her into trouble.
This new animation from director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) is a tale of a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father. Based from the original manga Sarusuberi by Hinako Sugiura, an adaptation which Hara, a huge fan of the series, called ‘a dream come true,’ the film brings Sugiura’s comic and worldview to the big screen, creating a wonderfully detailed recreation of Edo life through combining hand-drawn 2-D with 3-D techniques.
The film scooped three awards at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, including the Satoshi Kon Award for best animated feature film.
Enjoy a specially prepared Japanese meal and film for just £13.
Read programme notes from The Japan Foundation about this film here >>