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 1405614,056 users)
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Ranked: #33152
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3686
Members: 34,228
Favorites: 55

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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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May 6, 2016
Sarusuberi is not a film I believe anyone can enjoy, but I have no reservations about calling it a work of art. Not only is it a beautiful film overall, the experience it provides in both its characters and its setting is poignant and thought-provoking despite its straight-forwardness, something that is regrettably rare in major feature-length anime releases.

Sarusuberi has neither a main conflict nor a linear narrative, instead made up of a handful of shorter stories that are loosely held together by O-Ei, the film's central character. It is difficult to asses the story's effectiveness, because there isn't really a particular "goal" that it tries ...
Dec 4, 2017
Mixed Feelings
The movie holds a deep connection to artistry not only in its themes and story, but in its visual techniques as well. "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" and other works of art depicted throughout are seamlessly woven into scenes here and there, making for welcome visual variation. Landscapes and backdrops, especially the Ryogoku Bridge at the centre of Edo, are beautifully drawn, and go a long way in immersing the viewer in O-Ei's world.

Animation is also high-quality from start to finish, which is understandable considering the movie budget involved. There are, of course, very few movement-heavy scenes to speak of in this type of movie, ...
Mar 26, 2016
Fair. The story was fair. It didn't have much of a focus, but this is to be expected. It features several arcs and has a couple of characters that interact with each other. Yet there is barely any progress or character development. The characters were realistic, yet it wasn't a story. It was a series of events that happened to somebody in a chronological order with no theme or message. The only arguable theme is to stop being afraid of death, yet there was so little focus on it, it can be barely called that. However, Onei's relationship with her little sister, Onao, is quite ...

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