Miss Hokusai Released on April 25
posted on by Andrew Osmond
While legendary painters such as Renoir, van Gogh and Monet knew the name and brush-strokes of Katsushika Hokusai, the story of his artisan daughter O-Ei had been lost to history - until now. Based on Hinako Sugiura's cult manga Sarusuberi, this Annecy Award-winning feature film paints a new picture of Edo Japan's forgotten artist and her daily life on a canvas similar to Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Award-nominated The Wind Rises.
Renowned for his world-famous The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, Katsushika Hokusai is one of Edo Japan's most renowned artists, known for mesmerising followers by painting sparrows on rice grains and monks on 180-square metre canvases. Europe would discover the immense talent of Katsushika Hokusai decades later. He would mesmerize a whole generation of artists, from Degas to Monet, Van Gogh and Klimt, Debussy and Baudelaire. His iconic The Great Wave off the coast of Kanagawa print is now seen on t-shirts and coffee mugs all over the world.
Most people however, are unaware of the woman who assisted him all her life.
This is the untold story of twenty-three year old O-Ei Hokusai (Anne Watanabe), who utilises both the talent and stubbornness she inherited from her father to paint uncredited in his stead amongst the clutter of their house-atelier.
From the director-writer duo behind Colorful and the studio that brought you Ghost in the Shell, Miss Hokusai is a wonderful celebration of artistic vision and a marvellously engrossing snapshot of a young woman seeking to nurture both her talent and family.