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Edo Porn (1981)

Hokusai manga (original title)
The famous woodblock artist Hokusai (1760-1849), a widower in need of a steady income, lives with his daughter Oei in the house of his friend Bakin.

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Credited cast:
Ken Ogata ...
Tetsuzo (Katsushika Hokusai)
Toshiyuki Nishida ...
Sashichi - Kyokutei Bakin
Yûko Tanaka ...
Oei, Tetsuzo's Daughter
Kanako Higuchi ...
Onao
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Omomo, Sashichi's Wife
Yoichi Sase ...
Gosuke (The Apprentice Boy)
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Nakajima Ise
Kazuko Imai ...
Oshina
Hideo Kanze ...
Karino
Taiji Tonoyama ...
Tattooist
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Jyuppensha Ikku
Kon Ohmura ...
Shikitei Sanba (as Kon Ômura)
Kin'ya Aikawa ...
Utamaro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bin Moritsuka
Rokkô Toura
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(Japanese with English subtitles) Widowed woodblock artist Hokusai meets Onao and falls madly in love with her, but she disappears suddenly. One day, his daughter brings home a young girl who looks exactly like Onao. Using the girl as his muse, he reconnects to his youth when he painted his masterpiece, the gigantic octopus and the beauty seduced. Written by Anonymous

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In some scenes Hokusai is holding a religious statue of Nichiren. Nichiren was a founder of a sect within Buddhism in the Kamakura period. Hokusai followed this sect. See more »

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Tetsuzo: As a spirit, I'm passing through a field in summer.
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Eccentric Portrait of an Eccentric Artist
4 March 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I first noticed this film amongst the more popular Japanese films on Hulu, but I didn't pay much mind to it, cause I figured I could guess how it got there (being titled "Edo Porn" and all). But when I realized that this was a film by Kaneto Shindô (Onibaba, Kuroneko, The Naked Island), I couldn't pass up a chance to watch another one of his films.

This film is a portrait of the Japanese artist Hokusai, who I knew nothing about going in, but whom this film has piqued my interest in. He created the famous "Great Wave off Kanagawa". Apparently, he also created what could probably be considered the earliest example of tentacle porn. The sequence in the film where he draws that is... amazing.

This film starts off a generally well-made, albeit somewhat odd biopic of an eccentric man. In the last act however... I can understand the criticisms. There's a lot of Hokusai and his friend stumbling around – the actors in unconvincing 90-year-old man makeup doing their best half- crazy half-senile old man impressions. There's a lot of Hokusai talking to himself about death. Things get really strange, but I have to admit, that's kind of what I love about this film.

In a strange way, I think this is a good companion film to Kenji Mizoguchi's "Utamaro and His Five Women". That film is also about a famous Japanese woodblock printmaker of the same era, Utamaro, who is mentioned and briefly appears in "Edo Porn" as something of a rival of Hokusai. Made 35 years earlier, it's a completely different style of film, but, y'know, they're completely different styles of artists.


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