The painter Hokusai is one of the most famous Japanese artists, known for his gorgeous wood block prints. Keiichi Hara has directed an animated film adaptation of the historical manga Miss Hokusai by Hinako Sugiura.
The trailer promises to be an exquisite tribute to the painter, while creating a compelling father-daughter tale, rich in historical and folkloric imagery. Denizens of hell and giant Buddhist figures appear among frames in homage to Houkusai’s art. The protagonist O-Ei faces sexism and economic hardship with the hard work and independent spirit of a true artist. She is voiced by Ann Watannabe, and the voice cast includes Yutaka Matsushige, Kumiko Asô, Gaku Hamada and Kengo Kôra.
Miss Hokusai will be released in select American theaters on October 14th.