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Miss Hokusai, opened to more than 80 theaters in the U.S. last week. Since its opening, AnimeNewsNetwork reports that the film has racked in $105,459 in U.S. box office gross.
Distribution company GKids and production company Production I.G are hopeful that the critically acclaimed animated gem can reach more audiences outside Japan.
Miss Hokusai boasts historical themes, emotional arcs, and stunning animation. Since it premiered in Japan last May 2015, the film has bagged the Best Animated Feature award in several illustrious festivals including the Asian Pacific Screen Awards, the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, as well as the Fantasia International Film Festival. Miss Hokusai was also nominated for Animation of the Year by the Japan Academy Prize Association.
- Ella Palileo
From the moment an electric guitar’s riff introduces heroine and painter Katsushika Ōi (Anne Watanabe) in 1814 Edo, Japan, Keiichi Hara‘s Miss Hokusai clearly wants us to know that this girl is beyond her time. The musical anachronism tells us as much, but so does the haughty way in which Ōi dismisses the gauche advances of a would-be suitor and the way her voice-over narration signals a self-assuredness not typically attributed to women of her time. The film’s final scene suggests it again, reintroducing the guitar leitmotif while the same, confident narration tells us that Ōi married once but lived her final days untethered to men. As her voice subsides, Edo transforms, via time-lapse, into the Tokyo that we know today, showcasing the modernization of which the real-life Ōi was one of the early figures.
Taken together, these narrative bookends pronounce the spirited independence of this young woman »
- The Film Stage
"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 »
- Alex Billington
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.
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- Liz Calvario
Choosing to depict an artist’s life in a form close to their own can be a tightrope walk. Miss Hokusai dares to examine the work and lives of two Japanese artists in the form of anime, but this turns out to be a natural fit: the broad brushstrokes of its principals stand in harmonious contrast to the considerably less stylised but no less lovely animation of the film. It’s a shame that this is the only aspect of the film that really strikes a chord.
Set in 19th-century Edo (later known as Tokyo), Miss Hokusai centers on talented young artist O-Ei and her father, the Hokusai of the film’s title, also a painter but with far greater success. »
- Mark Allen
Miss Hokusai review by Luke Baldock. Even if you don’t know your Rene Magritte from your Neil Buchanan, there are some pieces of art out there that everybody recognises. One such piece is The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, which adorns all sorts of Japanese souvenirs, posters, and has been integrated with pop-culture references by many an illustrator. The creator of this incredible piece was Katsushika Hokusai (Yutaka Matsushige), who was exceptionally prolific and gave us everything from beautiful vistas, demonic creations, and illustrations for erotica. Less known was his daughter, and protagonist of Miss Hokusai, O-Ei (Anne Watanabe). Although O-Ei became a successful artist in her own right, she also aided, touched up, and some say even created, some her father’s work.
Miss Hokusai is a personal tale »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
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