MISS HOKUSAI

PG-13  |  1 hour 30 minutes • Archived

Angelika Film Center Plano, TX

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As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the famous painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio, unknown to the public. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches - sold under the name of her father - are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike. In public, O-Ei knows and respects "her place," but at home in the studio, she's as brash and uninhibited as her father, smoking a pipe while sketching erotic drawings that would make contemporary Japanese ladies blush. But despite her talent and fiercely independent spirit, O-Ei struggles under the domineering influence of her father and is ridiculed for lacking the life experience that she is attempting to portray in her art. MISS HOKUSAI's lively Edo (present day Tokyo) is filled with yokai spirits, dragons, and conniving tradesmen, while O-Ei's relationships with her famously impetuous father and blind younger sister provide a powerful emotional underpinning to this rollicking and sumptuously-animated feminist coming-of-age tale.

Directed By

Keiichi Hara

Written By

Miho Maruo

Cast

Kumiko Asô, Gaku Hamada, Kengo Kôra

Language

Japanese with English subtitles

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