There’s this nutty old man who painted a huge Dharma on a huge sheet of paper and draws sparrows on tiny rice grains. Some may know him as Hokusai the painter, but his daughter, O-Ei, knows him as Tetsuzo.
A new trailer for Keiichi Hara’s animated coming-of-age tale, “Miss Hokusai,” has just been released, courtesy of GKIDS and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G. The film follows the remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists.
As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai (voiced by Yutaka Matsushige), his daughter O-Ei (Anne Watanabe) toils diligently inside his studio. The latest trailer shows her as she begins to work on her own masterful portraits – sold under the name of her father – which are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike.
O-Ei may be shy and reserved in public, but in the studio she has a fiercely independent spirt that helps her create drawings that would make contemporary Japanese ladies blush.
Despite giving it her all, O-Ei struggles under the domineering influence of her father and is ridiculed for lacking the life experience that she is attempting to portray in her art.
“Miss Hokusai” is a Japanese historical manga series written and illustrated by Hinako Sugiura. The story was adapted for the screen by writer Miho Maruo. Additional voice cast includes Kumiko Asô, Gaku Hamada and Kengo Kôra.
The film opened in Japan on May 9, 2015 and will now be released in select theaters on October 14.