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Miss Hokusai

PG-13 Released Oct 14, 2016 1h 33m Biography History Drama Anime TRAILER for Miss Hokusai: US Release Trailer List Miss Hokusai: US Release Trailer Miss Hokusai: US Release Trailer 2:16 View more videos
93% Tomatometer 58 Reviews 70% Audience Score 100+ Ratings The daughter of a famous artist is constantly overshadowed by him. Read More Read Less
Miss Hokusai

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Miss Hokusai illuminates the life and creative legacy of its brilliant subject with a beautifully animated biopic whose absorbing visuals are matched by its narrative grace.

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Matthew Lickona San Diego Reader The art here is rawer and more idiosyncratic than some other anime, and there is a pleasing matter-of-factness about fleshy matters - drinking, sex, sickness - even as the more abstract question of art's practice and power is under consideration. Rated: 2/5 Nov 11, 2016 Full Review Valerie Complex Black Girl Nerds Visually gorgeous but doesn't adequately capture a compelling figure. Rated: 6/10 Nov 3, 2016 Full Review Bruce DeMara Toronto Star The animation is superb, with fine attention to period detail, and director Keiichi Hara's use of modern music - some of it rock-infused - is apt accompaniment to a story of a young woman who lives life boldly by refusing to bend to cultural norms. Rated: 3.5/4 Oct 28, 2016 Full Review Panos Kotzathanasis Miss Hokusai is a highly entertaining film that excels both artistically and in terms of story. Jul 26, 2020 Full Review Dan Schindel Hyperallergic Director Keiichi Hara shapes Miss Hokusai less as a portrait of any one person than as a portrait of a particular time and place, how we in the present relate to that time, and how art bridges the gap. Feb 4, 2020 Full Review Michael McNeely That Shelf I cannot praise this film enough. It simply refuses to take the easy way out or to tell a cliché story. Feb 8, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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isla s This is a nice anime film - its got one or two mildly risque images, hence the 12 rating. The plot I found a little confusing but I enjoyed it for the nice landscapes and charming music, which is mostly light, airy and playful, traditional instrumental type music, with a sense of reminiscence I felt. I enjoyed the depictions of paintings - of course there's an irony, with such an animated film in itself depicting paintings within it. Most of the film features young children and indeed childhood innocence is a big part of the film. I thought some scenes were quite endearing, one example being seeing a young child playing with snow. I was a bit disappointed that it seemed the viewer wasn't shown too much time with the famous painter himself, Katsushika Hokusai. Of course the film is called Miss Hokusai and so it focusses on his daughter but I would have been interested to have seen a bit more of things from his perspective, although the story of the daughter, O-Ei, is interesting too. These people are, of course, real people, there was a famous painter called Hokusai etc. and so that appealed to me, as I love a good true story. I liked that at the end, there's more information given by way of text, which I assume to be accurate. I would recommend this to fans of anime who like a good 'based on a true story' film, although if your hoping for a thorough in depth film about Katsushika Hokusai's life then this may well disappoint you. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Liam D A Beautiful Animated Biopic that shines a light on a person that is forgotten worldwide Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/03/22 Full Review Audience Member Probably one of the most earnest animated features with equal value of wonderment towards the humane beauty behind the captivating, hefty, passionately driven factual characters. (A-) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Beautiful and contemplative anime with adult themes and definitely not for children or people with the attention span of a gnat. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review dan m This was a bit of a slow paced anime with some very mildly amusing scenes, but for me the animation was the best thing going here. The classic rock music in the intro was super out of place though, seeing as this takes place in 19th century Japan.. but yeah, not bad. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A charming depiction of Japanese folklore. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The daughter of a famous artist is constantly overshadowed by him.
Keiichi Hara
Miho Maruo
Production Co
Oriental Light and Magic
PG-13 (Sexual Situations and Images|Mature Thematic Material)
Biography, History, Drama, Anime
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 14, 2016, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 13, 2017
Box Office (Gross USA)
1h 33m