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Published on Jul 13, 2016
PIGTAILS is the directorial debut of up-and-coming animator Yoshimi Itazu ("Miss Hokusai", "Paprika"). Based on the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize-winning comic book "Mitsuami no Kami-sama" by Machiko Kyo, and visually inspired by Derek Jarman's garden in Dungeness -an oasis of life and beauty growing in front of a nuclear power station- the film metaphorically depicts the conflicting and unspeakable feelings that embraced the author in the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster of 2011, and faithfully recreates the contrast between Kyo's naive-looking designs and the story's extreme and thought-provoking twist.
Director Itazu and Fukushima-born animation producer Keiko Matsushita ("A Letter to Momo", "Miss Hokusai") visited the still scarred seacoast of northern Japan to the very limits of the forbidden zone in order to bring back into the film more vivid impressions of colours, landscapes, and the cold wind of March.