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The earth shook. The sea roared. And then...
There is a small house solitary standing by the seaside. A young pigtail-braided girl is living there alone since that day. Mail is no longer delivered, but even this morning, she’s hanging out the laundry as usual.
Directorial debut of animator Yoshimi Itazu (Miss Hokusai). Based on the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize-winning comic book 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- "Pigtails" metaphorically depicts the conflicting emotions that engulfed the author in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

Music score and ending title song "Kami-sama no Takurami / Divine Design" by Ichiko Aoba.

  • Yoshimi Itazu
    first film
  • Miho Maruo
    Colorful, Miss Hokusai
  • Keiko Matsushita
    A Letter to Momo, Miss Hokusai
  • Ichiko Aoba
    Ghost in the Shell Arise
  • Kami-sama no Takurami (Divine Design) by Ichiko Aoba
    Original Song
  • Hiroshi Ono
    Background Art
    Miss Hokusai, A Letter to Momo, Wolf Children
  • Yoshimi Itazu
    Lead Animator
    (as animator:) Miss Hokusai, Paprika, Paranoia Agent, Denno Coil
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Genres:
    drama, dystopian, environmental
  • Runtime:
    28 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2015
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  • 49th WorldFest Houston (2016)
    Houston, Texas (USA)
    United States
    April 10, 2016
    International Premiere
    Platinum Remi Award
  • 20th Fantasia Film Festival
    July 24, 2016
    Canadian premiere
  • 20th SICAF
    Korea, Republic of
    July 6, 2016
    Korean premiere
  • 49th Sitges Fantastic Film Festival
    October 9, 2016
    Spanish Premiere
  • 18th Bucheon International Animation Festival
    Korea, Republic of
    October 22, 2016
Director Biography - Yoshimi Itazu

Born in 1980, Yoshimi Itazu started his career in animation at 18. After working as key animator in Paranoia Agent and Paprika, he was noticed by Satoshi Kon, who invited him aboard the production of Dreaming Machine as chief animator, but the project was suspended when Kon passed away in 2010. One of Japan’s up-and-coming artists, he made his debut as character designer and lead animator in a feature film in Keiichi Hara’s Annecy-winning Miss Hokusai (2015). Pigtails is his directorial debut, greeted with a Platinum Remi Award at the 49th WorldFest Houston (2016).

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