Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai

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Japanese: 百日紅~Miss HOKUSAI~
English: Miss Hokusai
German: Miss Hokusai
Spanish: Miss Hokusai
French: Miss Hokusai
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 9, 2015
Licensors: NYAV Post, GKIDS
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Manga
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, Visual ArtsVisual Arts
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.171 (scored by 1424214,242 users)
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Ranked: #33732
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Popularity: #3731
Members: 34,718
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The time: 1814. The place: Edo, now known as Tokyo.

One of the highest populated cities in the world, teeming with peasants, samurai, townsmen, merchants, nobles, artists, courtesans, and perhaps even supernatural things.

A much accomplished artist of his time and now in his mid-fifties, Tetsuzo can boast clients from all over Japan, and tirelessly works in the garbage-loaded chaos of his house-atelier. He spends his days creating astounding pieces of art, from a giant-size Bodhidharma portrayed on a 180 square meter-wide sheet of paper, to a pair of sparrows painted on a tiny rice grain. Short-tempered, utterly sarcastic, with no passion for sake or money, he would charge a fortune for any job he is not really interested in.

Third of Tetsuzo's four daughters and born out of his second marriage, outspoken 23-year-old O-Ei has inherited her father's talent and stubbornness, and very often she would paint instead of him, though uncredited. Her art is so powerful that sometimes leads to trouble. "We're father and daughter; with two brushes and four chopsticks, I guess we can always manage, in a way or another."

Decades later, Europe was going to discover the immense talent of Tetsuzo. He was to become best known by one of his many names: Katsushika Hokusai. He would mesmerize Renoir and van Gogh, Monet and Klimt.

However, very few today are even aware of the woman who assisted him all his life, and greatly contributed to his art while remaining uncredited. This is the untold story of O-Ei, Master Hokusai's daughter: a lively portrayal of a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father, unfolding through the changing seasons.

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The film won the Jury Award at the 39th Annecy International Animated Film Festival. At the 19th Fantasia International Film Festival, it won three awards: The Séquences Award for best Asian feature film, the Satoshi Kon Award for best animated feature film for excellence in animation, and the Gold Audience Award for best animated feature film. It also won the 2015 Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

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Aug 9, 2023
One of the more impressive animation productions I've yet seen. A particular strength is its subtle character animation, but it succeeds at all it attempts. That makes sense, a film about the great Japanese painter Oei and those in her orbit demands detailed artwork.

Sarusuberi doesn't have great narrative ambitions. It portrays a series of vignettes covering a small portion of the protagonist's life, and doesn't conclude any of the narrative arcs it alludes to. This blunts emotional impact, but focuses the viewer on its themes. It's a reflection on the artistic process, though it has little to say about art itself.

Oei never has any great ...
Feb 8, 2019
Mixed Feelings
(Review originally from Letterboxd)

The animation is lovely and I really like the main character, but that's about all there is to Miss Hokusai. It's a story about some Tokugawa-period layabout artists going around Edo doing art stuff, kind of vague slice-of-life material and inspiration for real-life art done by these characters. It's a bit like the 1988 movie The Moderns in that way, though that movie mostly consisted of fictional characters. The plot has a lot of nice moments, mostly to do with O-Ei's interesting disposition, but...... ehhhhh to the rest of it.

The movie plays up a lot of stale dramatic moments you'll see coming ...
May 10, 2020
I don't have an interesting angle from which to talk about Miss Hokusai. It's too slow. The stories aren't connected well enough to maintain interest throughout. The art is quite good, especially the main character's expressive facial design, but it's not great overall. Most of the men look the same, in a bad way. The musical choices are sometimes baffling.

The movie is only about an hour and a half and I watched it a piece at a time over multiple weeks, if that gives an impression of what a slog it can be if you're not totally sold on its presentation. I remember liking Oei ...

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