Gkids has amassed eight Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature since 2009 including two last year — but no wins — and here is the first trailer for its latest pic. Set in 1814 Edo (now Tokyo), Miss Hokusai tells the story of O-Ei, the daughter behind one of the most famous artists in Japanese history.
Director Keiichi Hara’s coming-of-age film sees people coming from throughout the city to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai — while his daughter toils inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches are coveted by upper-crust lords and journeyman print makers alike, but there’s a catch: They are sold under her father’s name. 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.
Production I.G, creators of Ghost in the Shell, produced the film, which Gkids will open October 14 in select theaters. Check out the trailer above and tell us what you think.