The world loves “Hokusai”
Hokusai’s works, especially “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” including “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” had impacted western artists and played a prominent role in Japonisme in France in the 19th century. He had a big influence over a number of legendary artists such as Gogh, Monet and Degas. As such, he has been selected “Top 100 People of the Millennium” by LIFE magazine as the only Japanese.
The largest-ever Hokusai Exhibition held at the Grand Palais Museum in the centre of Paris recorded approximately 360,000 total visitors in 2014. At the “Hokusai Exhibition” held at the British Museum in London in 2017, British Daily Mail and the Observer newspaper gave a five-star rating, and pre-sale tickets were sold out.
In Japan, of course, his name and works receive the highest respects as a national representative art. For example, his works are printed on new passport designs in the Tokyo Olympic memorial year of 2020, and it will be also printed on a thousand-yen bills from 2024.
The unknown story of the best-known Japanese all over the world.
Surprisingly, he had lived a long life of 91 years when the life expectancy was said to be 40 years back then. Moreover, he had drawn his masterpiece work, “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” when he was 72 years old. It is said that he had drawn more than 30,000 pieces throughout his career.
However, his stories have not been revealed clearly fully because there is not much document left. As a result, various anecdotes have been created and have not been drawn exactly.
This film depicts a new story which comes from unique perspectives and interpretations based on historical facts, coming to life after approximately three years of production.
This story features “Hokusai’s life” and “the secret of Hokusai’s three waves” based on an episode with two key persons. One is a unique publisher Juzaburo Tsutaya who awakened young Hokusai’s talent, and the second is a popular writer Tanehiko Ryutei who becomes a partner of old Hokusai.
The actors representing Japan have gathered!
Yuya Yagira plays young Hokusai and Min Tanaka plays old Hokusai. Hiroshi Abe plays well-known producer Juzaburo Tsutaya and Eita as popular entertainment writer Tanehiko Ryutei. Hiroshi Tamaki plays a famous “Ukiyo-e” artist, Utamaro Kitagawa who was Hokusai’s rival. The film is directed by Hajime Hashimoto.
The coming year 2020 is the 260th anniversary of Hokusai’s birth. The movie “HOKUSAI” will launch a worldwide, simultaneous promotion by targeting international film festivals and worldwide distribution. Get updates by following the official social media.