Miss Hokusai 001 - 20160819O-Ei is about to take a journey across oceans, and into strange new frontiers.

Earlier today, film distributor GKids announced that they will screen Miss Hokusai in North America. The film will be shown in the following cities:

  • 10/14/2016: Angelika Film Center (New York, NY)
  • 10/14/2016: Landmark Nuart (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 10/21/2016: Location TBD (San Francisco, CA)
  • 10/21/2016: Location TBD (Berkeley, CA)
  • 10/21/2016: Landmark Kendall Square Cinema (Boston, MA)
  • 10/21/2016: Cinemaopolis (Ithaca, NY)
  • 10/21/2016: Charles Theater (Baltimore, MD)
  • 10/21/2016: Row House Cinema (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 10/21/2016: Gateway Film Center (Columbus, OH)
  • 10/21/2016: Nightlight Cinema (Akron, OH)
  • 10/21/2016: Landmark Midtown Art (Atlanta, GA)
  • 10/21/2016: Harkins Valley Art (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 10/21/2016: Broadway Metro (Eugene, OR)
  • 10/28/2016: TIFF Bell Lightbox (Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • 10/28/2016: Landmark E Street Cinema (Washington DC)
  • 10/28/2016: Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT)
  • 10/28/2016: Location TBD (Minneapolis, MN)
  • 10/28/2016: Location TBD (Denver, CO)
  • 10/28/2016: SIFF Uptown Theater (Seattle, WA)
  • 11/4/2016: Landmark Ritz at the Bourse (Philadelphia, PA)

Miss Hokusai 003 - 20160819Miss Hokusai is based on Hinako Sugiura’s Sarusuberi manga. The film, which hit Japanese theaters in May 2015, was helmed by Keiichi Hara (Colorful, Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi o Yobu Eikō no Yakiniku Road) at Production I.G. Yoshimi Itazu provided character designs for the project, while Miho Maruo (The Dog of Flanders, Sazae-san) wrote the script.

GKids describes the film as:

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 feminist coming-of-age tale.

Source: GKids