Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai
Miss Hokusai
  • PG-13
  • 1h 30m
  • 2016
Certified Fresh93%
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From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history's most famous artists. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh93%
Critics Consensus: 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.
San Diego Reader
Matthew Lickona

The art here is rawer and more idiosyncratic than some other anime, and there is a pleasing matter...

June 25, 2017
Globe and Mail
Brad Wheeler

This plush anime version of Hinako Sugiura's original manga tells a tale in a poetic, episodic fas...

June 25, 2017
Washington Post
Stephanie Merry

Although it's lovely to look at, the movie is disjointed and is told through a seemingly random co...

June 25, 2017
Seattle Times
Soren Andersen

The spell "Miss Hokusai" casts is a powerful one that lingers long after the lights go up in the t...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Historical Japanese character study has mature content.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Miss Hokusai is an animated Japanese drama (subtitled or dubbed in English, depending on which version you see). It was adapted from a historical manga series about O-Ei, the daughter and apprentice of legendary 19th-century Japanese woodblock painter Hokusai. While the film is animated, it explores mature themes and content, including drunkenness, parental neglect, sex, ableism, and sexism. Characters discuss their sexual experience; some also exhibit "womanizing" behavior, go to brothels, reference erotic paintings (partial views, but nothing explicit seen), and visit a courtesan. In one case, a character actually pays to sleep with a courtesan whose gender is a bit ambiguous; the scene includes uncomfortable, almost forced kissing and caressing on a bed. The main character's younger sister is blind and basically ignored by their father. She's sick throughout the story. Language includes some insults like "moron" and "crappy," and characters drink (some to excess) and smoke. Violent/scary content is limited to a couple of dreams featuring dragons, burning buildings, and gods trampling on villagers. One character dies. Because of the content, this anime film is best for mature middle schoolers and up.

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Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 14, 2016
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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