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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
Miss Hokusai review by Luke Baldock. Even if you don’t know your Rene Magritte from your Neil Buchanan, there are some pieces of art out there that everybody recognises. One such piece is The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, which adorns all sorts of Japanese souvenirs, posters, and has been integrated with pop-culture references by many an illustrator. The creator of this incredible piece was Katsushika Hokusai (Yutaka Matsushige), who was exceptionally prolific and gave us everything from beautiful vistas, demonic creations, and illustrations for erotica. Less known was his daughter, and protagonist of Miss Hokusai, O-Ei (Anne Watanabe). Although O-Ei became a successful artist in her own right, she also aided, touched up, and some say even created, some her father’s work.
Miss Hokusai is a personal tale »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
2 items from 2016
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