Miss Hokusai 2

“In its ruminations on artistic tradition, creation, and vision, Miss Hokusai is something close to a minor masterpiece,” we said in our review last fall. With Keiichi Hara‘s animation now arriving on Blu-ray this week, we’ve teamed with GKIDS to give away a prize pack to our readers, including Great wave socks, folding fan, bookmark, journal, green tea chocolate bar, and a Blu-ray/DVD of the film. All entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, March 12th.

To enter, do the first two steps and then each additional one counts as another entry into the contest.

1. Like The Film Stage on Facebook.

2. Follow The Film Stage on Twitter.

3. Follow The Film Stage on Instagram.

4. Comment in the box on Facebook with your favorite animation produced in Japan.

5. Retweet the following tweet:

We will select the winners at random. One entry per household. No purchase necessary. Winners must live inside the U.S. and shipping to a P.O. box is not permitted.


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 woman 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.


Miss Hokusai arrives on Blu-ray/DVD tomorrow.

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