The upcoming release of Miss Hokusai is something that’s garnering attention in general, simply because it looks good, but also because it got an early pickup overseas. While we’re just under a month away from its Japanese debut, Cinema Today in Japan has gotten a hold of the latest teaser trailer for the work and it only ramps up the interest, even if you’re just looking at the animation quality itself.
he film is set to hit theaters in Japan on May 9th, 2015 and Anime Limited has picked up the rights for it already with planned theatrical screenings in the UK and Ireland in October and November of this year, and a home video release to follow some time afterward.
The film is based on the manga by Hinako Sugiura, who passed away in 2005. The feature is directed by Keiichi Hara based on the screenplay by Miho Maruo and is animated by Production I.G.
Plot concept: The time: 1814.
The place: Edo, now known as Tokyo.
One of the highest populated cities in the world, teeming with peasants, samurai, townsmen, merchants, nobles, artists, courtesans, and perhaps even supernatural things.
A much accomplished artist of his time and now in his mid-fifties, Tetsuzo can boast clients from all over Japan, and tirelessly works in the garbage-loaded chaos of his house-atelier. He spends his days creating astounding pieces of art, from a giant-size Bodhidharma portrayed on a 180 square meter-wide sheet of paper, to a pair of sparrows painted on a tiny rice grain. Short-tempered, utterly sarcastic, with no passion for sake or money, he would charge a fortune for any job he is not willing to undertake.
Third of Tetsuzo’s four daughters and born out of his second marriage, outspoken 23-year-old O-Ei has inherited her father’s talent and stubbornness, and very often she would paint instead of him, though uncredited. Her art is so powerful that sometimes leads to trouble. “We’re father and daughter; with two brushes and four chopsticks, I guess we can always manage, one way or another.”
Decades later, Europe was going to discover the immense talent of Tetsuzo. He was to become best known by one of his many names: Katsushika Hokusai. He would mesmerize Renoir and van Gogh, Monet and Klimt, Edmond de Goncourt and Debussy.
However, very few today are even aware of the woman who assisted him all her life, and greatly contributed to his art while remaining uncredited. This is the untold story of O-Ei, Master Hokusai’s daughter: a lively portrayal of a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father, unfolding through the changing seasons.