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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 »
5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Erica Lindbeck ... O-Ei (voice)
Anne Watanabe ... O-Ei (voice) (as An)
Richard Epcar ... Katsushika Hokusai (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 (voice)
Jun Miho Jun Miho ... Koto (voice)
Courtney Chu ... O-Nao (voice)
Shion Shimizu Shion Shimizu ... O-Nao (voice)
Marc Diraison ... Hatsugoro (voice)
Michitaka Tsutsui Michitaka Tsutsui ... Iwakubo Hatsugorô (voice)
Kumiko Asô 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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Gorgeous! A small poetic wonder! 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

9 May 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Hokusai See more »

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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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Simple heartfelt celebration of art and era
14 April 2016 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

Miss Hokusai is a "slice of life" animation, it portrays the characters' at their daily lives in briskly light mood. It may set in one of the most romanticized eras, yet it's mostly a few short stories about artists, especially the heroine Oei, woven together. This is a tribute to Japanese classic painting ukiyo-e, the tumultuous time told in different light and appreciation of the artists themselves.

Oei is the daughter of talented painter Hokusai, who has a knack for painting herself. She can be crude at times, but she gives of warm subtle kindness, especially with her drawings. There's no great dilemma or adventure, although it presents a few strange mysteries. The animation is more of a method to appreciate the art as it changes constantly when the characters do narrative or monologue.

It uses classic touches on the tales, which can seem supernatural yet bizarrely fitting for that particular era. The setting is made with great care, details like the street corner or dimmed room with faint light of candles provide fine atmosphere for these characters to play in. Occasionally, they would talk in vague words, it's not a drama where people yell at each other frequently, there's a restrained on their mannerisms.

Miss Hokusai is a nice homage to early art works, celebrated by modern Japanese animation, it's quaint, unimposing and warmly colorful.


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