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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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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:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,524, 16 October 2016

Gross USA:

$222,670

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$377,702
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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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Great art, no plot or character development
15 October 2016 | by cguldalSee all my reviews

The art, as well as the way the making of art is portrayed in the film is great; however, there is no real story arc or character development to speak of. Perhaps not much is known about the daughter of Hokusai, but even so, historical fiction is fiction for a reason. Though the film is narrated by the daughter, it is not about her at all, which is misleading (title, trailer all suggest the film will be about her). Her character does not develop much, though there is ample room for it to develop. Just when she may go beyond her immature, mean self, beyond her father's shadow, the film ends with a few narrated summary lines conveying what happens in the next 30 years without actually showing it. The film seems to focus on the period in which the blind daughter of the famous painter (the narrator's sister) is young, falls sick, and dies. It is not clear how and why Hokusai is separated from his wife, why his eldest daughter draws and paints with him (though she resents him plenty)... None of the romantic interests develop during the film, yet the summary in the end tells us she married once! It is hard to imagine her marrying, so this would be a great story, but it is not the subject of the film. At one point, we learn that she has a passion for fire, but have no idea how, if at all, this affects her paintings, her art...

All in all, the art is great, especially the parts where painting and drawing itself is discussed. But the story is severely lacking and aimless.


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