Travel Back to Japan in 1814 in US Trailer for Animated 'Miss Hokusai'

August 26, 2016
Source: YouTube

Miss Hokusai Trailer

"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:

Miss Hokusai Poster

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.

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I always thought perspective pieces from the the people who surrounded "great ones" would be interesting. // It should also be pointed out that Production I.G, the animators have worked on some of the best anime in the business including, SHINGEKI NO KYOJIN, PSYCHO-PASS, GHOST IN THE SHELL, and APPLESEED.

DAVIDPD on Aug 27, 2016


First, I thought about this as another mediocre production trying to win over the audience, but after I saw the trailer I got interesting. Something way outmoded but noble, some truth about the artists and their contempt for the world. It's good to see it these days ...

shiboleth on Aug 27, 2016


I prefer Miyazaki's style. this trailer didn't hit me on the emotional ground.

tarek on Aug 29, 2016


It's interesting...but the story doesn't really grab me...I'll watch it eventually I guess. *shrugs*

RAW_D on Aug 30, 2016

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