Distribution company GKids and production company Production I.G are hopeful that the critically acclaimed animated gem can reach more audiences outside Japan.
Miss Hokusai boasts historical themes, emotional arcs, and stunning animation. Since it premiered in Japan last May 2015, the film has bagged the Best Animated Feature award in several illustrious festivals including the Asian Pacific Screen Awards, the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, as well as the Fantasia International Film Festival. Miss Hokusai was also nominated for Animation of the Year by the Japan Academy Prize Association.
Miss Hokusai is directed by Keiichi Hara (from Summer Days with Coo and Colorful) and is inspired by Hinako Sugiura’s manga Sarusuberi. Yutaka Matsushige (from Last Life in the Universe and Ringu) lends his voice as Hokusai. Anna Watanebe (from Date: Koi to Wa Donna Mono Kashira and Midsummer’s Equation) takes on the role of the Oi-Ei.
Set in 1814 Edo Japan, Miss Hokusai begins with the life and works of Katsushika Hokusai—the renowned ukiyo-e painter who mesmerized the world, including the likes of Renoir, Van Gogh, Monet and Klimt. However, not a lot know about Hokusai’s equally artistic daughter, Katsushika O-Ei. For years, O-Ei paints under her father’s name. For years, the daughter stays under the shadow of his father. For years, O-Ei must find her self. Miss Hokusai is the untold story of O-Ei, a talented free-spirit whose art remains a voice of courage and beauty.
Miss Hokusai will open to more theaters in the U.S. and will soon screen in Canada.
Visit the GKid’s website for a full list of when and where to catch Miss Hokusai.