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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... O-Ei (voice)
... O-Ei (voice) (as An)
... Katsushika Hokusai (voice)
... Katsushika Hokusai (voice)
... Ikeda Zenjirô (voice)
Ezra Weisz ... Zenjiro Ikeda (voice)
... Kuninao Utagawa (voice)
Kengo Kôra ... Utagawa Kuninao (voice)
... Koto (voice)
Jun Miho ... Koto (voice)
... O-Nao (voice)
Shion Shimizu ... O-Nao (voice)
Marc Diraison ... Hatsugoro (voice)
Michitaka Tsutsui ... Iwakubo Hatsugorô (voice)
Kumiko Asô ... Sayogoromo (voice)


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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In a father's shadow. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 May 2015 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Miss Hokusai  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,524, 16 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$216,202, 6 November 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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If you want to impress your date, take him/her to see this film
11 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

American films are a shallow, inane mess. That's why people go see foreign films at art houses. They want to feel good about themselves, and they want to look good to others. Miss Hokusai probably isn't playing in theaters anymore. But if it was, it's a great place to take a date if you want to impress them with your amazing and elitist tastes.

I'm not one for typical anime. And of the other anime-ish films that were big in America - Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, etc. - I guess I kind of liked them, but I'm not sure why, other than I'm supposed to like them, and it's good and right to like them. Agree, NPR crowd?

Well. Miss Hokusai is a film critic's dream. As soon as I saw it playing at my local college town theatre, I already knew it got 100% from Metacritic and consistent red tomatoes on Rotten Tomatoes. Film critics' tastes are extremely predictable. The more pretentious and experimental a film, the more it merits 5 stars, or 10 stars, or whatever's the highest rating of X publication or website.

Why Miss Hokusai gets rave reviews from critics:

-It's Japanese anime-ish, and critics and TED lecture fans alike all salivate for those.

-It has - gasp! - LBGT in there, and it's not even implied or subdued!!

-I don't know what the f--- it's about, but it sure looks good!

-Japanese Edo period, about famous artist/painter! Critics love artsiness.

-Beautiful Japanese anime-ish characters! Critics appreciate different cultures.

-Japan, Japan, oh how they love and adore Japan!

-Gorgeous 19th-century Edo cityscape and scenery. Critics adore and appreciate cinematography, history, architecture, and the outdoors - a plus if it's a different culture!

-And what is the film about again? I don't care, it seems experimental and cool, so I'll upvote it!

Anyway, I'm guilty of thinking like critics, so I was pretty impressed with the film, and I enjoyed it. I'd hate to say this, but it really is way better than typical American films. Art-house elitism!

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