Miss Hokusai | (12A) | 90mins | Subtitled | Japanese Language

Cinema |
3rd March 2016

This is the story of O-Ei, the female artist and daughter of famous Ukiyo-e (woodblock print artist) Katsushika Hokusai (The Great Wave). It’s 1814 and an exciting time to be in Edo, the future Tokyo. The city is the perfect place for an audacious artist such as Tetsuzo (Hokusai), and his hotheaded daughter O-Ei, an accomplished painter who frequently assists her father. In fact, she goes so far as to create complete works that her mentor then signs, but her powerful style and inexperience bring headaches upon them, such as clients who fear their new acquisitions are possessed by demons. O-Ei and Tetsuzo always come out ahead, though, thanks to their resourcefulness and their circle of friends, including Zenjiro, a former samurai who has taken up the brush, and Hatsugoro, Tetsuzo’s best student and the apple of O-Ei’s eye. Very few today are even aware of the woman who assisted him all his life, and greatly contributed to his art while remaining uncredited. Based on a manga of the same title, this animation film directed by Keiichi Hara (Crayon Shin-chan, Colorful) skilfully uses 2D and 3D animation to bring the rich world of Ukiyo-e to life.


3rd March 2016

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