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Edo Porn (1981)

Hokusai manga (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | July 1982 (USA)
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.


Kaneto Shindô


Kaneto Shindô, Seiichi Yashiro (play)
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Credited cast:
Ken Ogata ... Tetsuzo (Katsushika Hokusai)
Toshiyuki Nishida Toshiyuki Nishida ... Sashichi - Kyokutei Bakin
Yûko Tanaka Yûko Tanaka ... Oei, Tetsuzo's Daughter
Kanako Higuchi Kanako Higuchi ... Onao
Nobuko Otowa ... Omomo, Sashichi's Wife
Yoichi Sase Yoichi Sase ... Gosuke (The Apprentice Boy)
Furankî Sakai ... Nakajima Ise
Kazuko Imai Kazuko Imai ... Oshina
Hideo Kanze Hideo Kanze ... Karino
Taiji Tonoyama ... Tattooist
Jô Shishido ... Jyuppensha Ikku (as Joe Shishido)
Kon Ohmura Kon Ohmura ... Shikitei Sanba (as Kon Ômura)
Kin'ya Aikawa Kin'ya Aikawa ... Utamaro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bin Moritsuka Bin Moritsuka
Rokkô Toura Rokkô Toura


(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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July 1982 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hokusai(Tetsuzo) and Bakin (Sashichi) were real life people. Hokusai lived from 1760 to 1849. He is famous for his prints. Bakin was alive from 1767 to 1848. He was an author of epic novel called "Nanso Satomi Hakkenden". See more »


Tetsuzo: As a spirit, I'm passing through a field in summer.
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Hokusai deserves better
25 April 2017 | by mevmijaumauSee all my reviews

This is a biography of the famous Japanese woodblock print-maker Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), one of the most well-renowned Ukiyo-e artists. The Japanese title of the movie, Hokusai Manga, is actually the name of the 13-volume sketchbook he published cca. 1814. The sketchbook contains a number of shunga drawings (erotic pictures), which the film decides to focus on as far as Hokusai's work is concerned.

The people from Hokusai's life are all here; his daughter who spent her entire life with him, his friend and Japan's first professional writer, Kyokutei Bakin, an alluring model called Onae (who was, as it seems, invented for the film because there's no mention of her online at least), and even his contemporary Utamaro Kitagawa, another famous woodblock artist.

But really, the film fails to do anything memorable with this ensemble, instead turning into a generic biopic without any eccentricity or artistic vision. The movie feels very drawn out and boring at certain times. There are also some attempts at humor which completely miss their mark in the movie's first half. The second half, where everyone is much older, is a tiny bit more entertaining and the scene where Hokusai paints his famous tentacle porn drawing "The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife" is pretty hilarious and reminds me of Ed Wood. By the way, the old person make-up is pretty bad.

This is pretty disappointing, especially coming from a great director such as Kaneto Shindo and with a notable cast (Ken Ogata, Jo Shishido, Nobuko Otowa). A bland biography with a very cheap budget. Usually that's not a bad thing in and of itself, but this truly comes off as a cheap TV-production. Campy acting, bad effects and an unappealing visual style where everything is set in like two or three rooms which all look the same in their watery brown-ish hues. There is some nudity in the movie which makes it less boring, but it doesn't save it much. The music isn't bad but sounds like it belongs to an adventure/action movie a la Indiana Jones (take a listen during the end credits).

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