Animation veteran Takashi Nakamura’s credits include classics “Akira” and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”. Nakamura makes his highly anticipated return to directing with timeless tale “The Portrait Studio,” rendered in a unique hand-drawn style.
Takashi Nakamura of “Akira” fame makes his highly anticipated return! Japan’s top animation talent assembled for a chance to work with the charismatic director. Rendered in a hand-drawn style, Nakamura creates a unique world through an incredible number of cels.
Japan, before the Russo-Japanese war at the turn of the 19th century. All kinds of people visit the photography studio run by the man at the top of the hill. One day, a married couple comes to have their portrait taken. The wife is shy and constantly averts her gaze but the photographer uses his bag of tricks to capture her smile on film. The following year the same couple shows up again with their ill-tempered baby daughter. The photographer tries his best to coax a smile out of the girl, but... The photographer and the girl’s relationship transcends wars and disasters in this nostalgic animated tale.
- Takashi Nakamura (なかむらたかし)
- Japan release
- November 9, 2013
- Technical Specs
- Color / 1:2.35 / Digital / 5.1ch