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
While, in the movie, O-Ei and her younger sister, O-Nao, are the only children (or at least the only children revealed) of Hokusai, history says the famous painter fathered two sons and three daughters with two wives - O-Ei actually being the youngest daughter, although some sources say Hokusai fathered four daughters, the youngest possibly being O-Nao. See more »
The movie (or at least the subtitles) stated that Hokusai died at age 90. He actually died at the age of 88. See more »
We meet O-Ei, grown daughter of the famous Japanese painter Hokusai. She has a younger sister, O-Nao, who is blind. (O-Ei's name was actually Katsushka Ōi, but it also appears as "O-Ei".) Hokusai is depicted as a gruff, single-minded man, living in his studio, apart from his wife and children. The blind young sister is invented - as is most of the rest of the story. But she plays a very important part.
There are great moments here. One incredibly beautiful moment occurs near the end of the film. And of course, there's a delightful scene involving his most famous print, "The Great Wave off Kanagawa".
The animation is beautifully done, in typical Japanese fashion. Not as beautifully as Miyazaki, but still, good.
The story covers a lot of ground, including the Japanese form of erotic art (shunga). Part of that thread involves an important plot element.
The musical score is very Western and modern, which could be a little off-putting. As the credits went by, I saw one of the song titles given in Spanish!.
It's a movie that keeps you involved, and doesn't let you nod off.
PS: Keep your eyes on the little dog that shows up at the beginning.
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