Watch: Official US Trailer for Animated ‘Miss Hokusai’

Keiichi Hara’s Animated Film

Gkids and Production I.G have released the official US trailer for Keiichi Hara’s animated film Miss Hokusai, the coming-of-age tale that chronicles the life and work of O-Ei, the daughter of one of the most famous artists in Japanese history, Katsushika Hokusai (who painted the very famous piece known as “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”).

Based on Hinako Sugiura’s manga “Sarusuberi” by Miho Maruo, the story was adapted for the screen by Miho Maruo. The voice cast includes Anne Watanabe as O-Ei, Yutaka Matsushige as Hokusai, as well as Kumiko Asô, Gaku Hamada and Kengo Kôra.

The film was first released in Japan on May 9, 2015, and it opens in select US theaters on October 14, in both its original Japanese cut and a newly dubbed English-language version. Check out the new trailer for the sophisticated Miss Hokusai animated film.

Katsushika O-Ei truly is an oft forgotten person, and given her role, that’s a shame.

Keiichi Hara’s Animated Film

From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes a 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, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches- sold under the name of her father- are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike. Shy and reserved in public, in the studio O-Ei is as brash and uninhibited as her father, smoking a pipe while sketching drawings that would make contemporary Japanese ladies blush. But despite this fiercely independent spirit, 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’s bustling Edo (present day Tokyo) is filled with yokai spirits, dragons, and conniving tradesmen, while O-Ei’s relationships with her demanding father and blind younger sister provide a powerful emotional underpinning to this sumptuously-animated coming-of-age tale.