Director Keiichi Hara’s award-winning anime Miss Hokusai has been acquired by GKIDS and will be coming to North America in limited release beginning October 14 in New York and Los Angeles. An expanded release to other cities in North America will follow. Based on the historical manga series Sarusuberi, written and illustrated by Hinako Sugiura, the episodic story is set during Japan’s Edo period (which lasted from 1603-1968) and focuses on O-Ei, daughter of the legendary Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai whose work helped define the style of the country’s artistic output. Living under the shadow of her famous, domineering father, O-Ei comes of age as a young woman, struggling with her identity as an artist and her emerging sexuality, while searching for the sublime through art.
From anime powerhouse Production I.G, Miss Hokusai comes to American audiences following tremendous critical acclaim internationally, winning the Jury Prize at Italy’s Annecy Film Festival, top jury and audience awards at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival, Best Animated Feature at Spain’s Sitges Film Festival, and Best Animated Feature at the Asia Pacifica Screen Awards.
GKIDS is the distributor of feature animation aimed at adult and family audiences and since 2008 has handled eight eventual Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations. Among its films are The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, Ernest & Celestine in 2014, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015, and Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There in 2016. The next film on the GKIDS slate, Phantom Boy from the Oscar-nominated writers and directors of A Cat In Paris hits theaters later in July, and in 2017 will release of Cartoon Saloon’s The Breadwinner. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution Studio Ghibli’s anime library.