From award-winning director Keiichi Hara and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (GHOST IN THE SHELL, A LETTER TO MOMO) comes the remarkable story of a blossoming young artist, daughter of Katsushika Hokusai, best known for his iconic print “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa.”
In the teeming capitol city of Edo in 1814 everyone flocks to see the work of the famous painter Hokusai, while his talented daughter O-Ei toils iligently inside his studio, unrecognized and left to clean up after her father’s messes. In public, O-Ei knows and respects “her place,” but at home in the studio, she’s as brash and uninhibited as her father, smoking a pipe while sketching erotic drawings that would make most Japanese ladies blush. MISS HOKUSAI‘S lively Edo (present day Tokyo) is filled with conniving tradesmen, rich patrons and fawning hangers-on, but also
with supernatural mischievous spirits and a noble dragon who appears when summoned by the artist’s vision. O-Ei’s troubled relationships with her famously impetuous father and blind younger sister provide a powerful emotional underpinning to this sumptuously-animated tale of a rebellious free spirit pursuing her art.