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‘Miss Hokusai’ Review

4 February 2016 5:31 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Cast: Anne Watanabe, Michitaka TsutsuiYutaka MatsushigeKumiko AsôShion ShimizuGaku HamadaKengo Kôra | Written by Miho Maruo | Based on the manga by Hinako Sugiura | Directed by Keiichi Hara

Choosing to depict an artist’s life in a form close to their own can be a tightrope walk. Miss Hokusai dares to examine the work and lives of two Japanese artists in the form of anime, but this turns out to be a natural fit: the broad brushstrokes of its principals stand in harmonious contrast to the considerably less stylised but no less lovely animation of the film. It’s a shame that this is the only aspect of the film that really strikes a chord.

Set in 19th-century Edo (later known as Tokyo), Miss Hokusai centers on talented young artist O-Ei and her father, the Hokusai of the film’s title, also a painter but with far greater success. »

- Mark Allen

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