Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai

DVD - 2017
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As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently, creating the paintings sold under her father's name. Shy in public, in the studio O-Ei is brash and uninhibited. Seeking to come into her own as an artist, O-Ei sets out into the bustling city of Edo (present-day Tokyo), where she encounters spirits, dragons, con-men, and traders.
Publisher: Universal City, California :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (1 hr., 30 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, video, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, rda
DVD, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD, region 1, rda


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Nov 28, 2019

Not biographical, and definitely not for kids. However, beautiful animation which often looks like ukiyo-e and other Japanese art, and an interesting, episodic storyline (based on the manga and not at all like three-act Hollywood movies). There are sub-plots based on the beliefs of the people during the Edo Period, and interesting metaphors about the power of art. My most negative comment: the soundtrack music is ill-chosen, often suggesting a different time and place than that of the story.

Mar 03, 2019

Lovely to look at, but there’s no real story. Based on a Manga series, there are several little story events that go on but in the end you wonder what the purpose was. The story structure works for a Manga series, but not for a feature film.

I found the two hour documentary (only on the Blu-ray) much more compelling. It seems that the director had a mental breakdown midway through production and disappeared for 6 months, leving his crew alone trying to keep production going.

Feb 06, 2018

Directed by Keiichi Hara (原 恵一) in 2015 based on the manga series written and illustrated by Hinako Sugiura (杉浦日向子), this Japanese animated historical film depicts the life of O-Ei---the talented daughter of the world famous Hokusai (葛飾北斎).
In producing the adaptation the director chose to focus on the character of O-Ei due to how her role becomes more important as the original manga progressed.
Original sequences were added during the middle and end of the movie.
The role of the blind younger sister, O-Nao, was also expanded.
Indeed, the blind sister seems to have enriched the film's poetic wonder.

Aug 11, 2017

The quality of animation is good, and the depiction of 18-century Edo (now Tokyo) interesting. However, I do find character development to be the film's weakest point.

Jul 16, 2017

Lovely and provoking, cynical and magical. Not for kids--but a real treat for grown-ups.

d2013 May 15, 2017

Well executed, enchanting and thought-provoking!

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