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Miss Hokusai (2015)

Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai (original title)
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The life and works of Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai, as seen from the eyes of his daughter, Katsushika O-Ei.

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Hinako Sugiura (comic "Sarusuberi"), Miho Maruo (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Erica Lindbeck ... O-Ei (voice)
Anne Watanabe ... O-Ei (voice) (as An)
Richard Epcar ... Katsushika Hokusai / Additional Voices (voice)
Yutaka Matsushige ... Katsushika Hokusai (voice)
Gaku Hamada ... Ikeda Zenjirô (voice)
Ezra Weisz Ezra Weisz ... Zenjiro Ikeda (voice)
Robbie Daymond ... Kuninao Utagawa (voice)
Kengo Kôra Kengo Kôra ... Utagawa Kuninao (voice)
Barbara Goodson ... Koto / Additional Voices (voice)
Jun Miho Jun Miho ... Koto (voice)
Courtney Chu ... O-Nao (voice)
Shion Shimizu Shion Shimizu ... O-Nao (voice)
Marc Diraison ... Hatsugoro / Additional Voices (voice)
Michitaka Tsutsui Michitaka Tsutsui ... Iwakubo Hatsugorô (voice)
Kumiko Asô ... Sayogoromo (voice)
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Storyline

Set in 1814, Miss Hokusai focuses on O-Ei, the daughter of famed artist Tetsuzo, better known by his pen name Hokusai, as she tries to navigate the various aspects of her life. O-Ei spends the bulk of her time assisting her divorced father who cares about his art and not much else. Written by Jake Duke

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A work of beauty and intellect! See more »


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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including sexual situations and images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

9 May 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,524, 16 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$216,202, 6 November 2016
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ukiyo-e, or "pictures of the floating world", was a popular art genre in Japan during the Edo Period (1603-1868). By using woodblock printing, depictions of folk tales, landscapes, kabuki theatre scenes and erotica, were widely spread throughout Japan. See more »

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The movie (or at least the subtitles) stated that Hokusai died at age 90. He actually died at the age of 88. See more »

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plot needs development
19 March 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1814 Edo, Japan. Tetsuzo is a famous painter. He lives with his daughter O-Ei. She also paints but he often critiques her work harshly. Zenjiro is a hanger-on, a former samurai who turned to painting. O-Ei hates Zenjiro's inferior work and ridicules him as Zen Zero. She often visits her blind half-sister O-Nao who lives with her mother and Tetsuzo rarely visits due to his aversion of the sick.

This evokes a time and place. It paints two great characters. The plot is episodic in nature and I would like more in terms of plot development. I love the woman haunted by O-Ei's painting. There are great bits of a story. I don't know if O-Ei's character development is enough. I am intrigued by her visit to the brothel but it comes to nothing. In the end, she marries but it's left to a postscript text. The script needs a plot development rewrite. It paints a beautiful picture but the picture doesn't really move. Does she become a great artist? Does she find true love? Does sex release her artistry? Is she gay? Does death give her art new depths? There are so many questions but this movie is reluctant to answer them.


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