Travel Back to Japan in 1814 in US Trailer for Animated 'Miss Hokusai'
"That nutty old man is my father." GKids has debuted a trailer for the animated film called Miss Hokusai, which opened in Japan in 2015 and played at numerous film festivals last year. The film is about the life and works of Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai, also known as Tetsuzo, as seen from the eyes of his daughter, Katsushika O-Ei. You all know his work because Hokusai painted the very famous piece known as "The Great Wave off Kanagawa". The voice cast includes Anne Watanabe as O-Ei, Yutaka Matsushige as Hokusai, plus Kumiko Asô, Gaku Hamada and Kengo Kôra. Not only is it cool to see a story about Hokusai, but it's lovely to see it told from the perspective of his daughter, who was dedicated to making sure her father could produce this art. I love catching up with animated films like this. Take a look.
Here's the official US trailer (+ poster) for Keiichi Hara's Miss Hokusai, direct from GKids' YouTube:
Peter Debruge's Variety review says it "shines as an example of one creative soul paying tribute to another."
Set in 1814, Miss Hokusai focuses on Katsushika O-Ei (voiced by Anne Watanabe), the daughter of famed artist Tetsuzo, better known by his pen name Hokusai, as she tries to navigate the various aspects of her life. O-Ei spends the bulk of her time assisting her divorced father who cares about his art and not much else. Miss Hokusai is directed by Japanese filmmaker Keiichi Hara, of Summer Days with Coo, Colorful, "21 Emon", and "Mami the Esper" previously. The script is written by Miho Maruo, adapted from Hinako Sugiura's comic "Sarusuberi". The film was first released in Japan in May of 2015, and it played at Fantasia and the Sitges Film Festival in 2015. GKids opens Miss Hokusai in US theaters starting on October 14th.