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Miss Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai is one of the most globally famous Japanese artists. His works inspired Monet and Debussy. His "Great Wave off Kanagawa" is so iconic that it can be seen on t-shirts and coffee mugs all over the world. However, very few are aware of his daughter, and how she contributed to her father’s art. This is the story of O-Ei, Master Hokusai’s daughter; a lively portrayal of a free-spirited, utterly outspoken and highly talented woman unfolding through the changing seasons: "We're father and daughter; with two brushes and four chopsticks, we'll get by anywhere."

  • Keiichi Hara
    Summer Days with Coo (2007), Colorful (2010)
  • Miho Maruo
    Colorful (2010)
  • Keiko Matsushita
    A Letter to Momo (2012)
  • Anne
    Key Cast
  • Yutaka Matsushige
    Key Cast
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    1 hour 30 minutes
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    May 9, 2015
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  • Annecy Animation Film Festival
    June 15, 2015
    International Premiere
    Jury Prize
  • Fantasia Film Festival 2015
    July 14, 2015
    North American Premiere
    Satoshi Kon Award for Best Animated Feature, Gold Audience Award, Prix Sequence for Best Asian Film
Director Biography - Keiichi Hara

Born in 1959, Hara’s early credits include hit family series, such as "Doraemon" and "Crayon Shin-chan". He then shifted to independent filmmaking, pursuing more personal projects. International recognition came with "Summer Days with Coo" (2007) and Annecy-winning "Colorful" (2010), both awarded at the Japan Academy Prizes, and theatrically distributed in France and other countries. His latest directorial effort, "Miss Hokusai", received the Jury Award at Annecy 2015, three awards at Fantasia 2015, and was Best Animated Feature Film in Sitges and the APSAs. French newspaper Le Monde described the film as "a lesson of elegance." Hara admires classic filmmakers such as Yasujiro Ozu and Keisuke Kinoshita, to whom he dedicated his first live-action movie in 2013, "Dawn of a Filmmaker: The Keisuke Kinoshita Story".

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