Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) Reviews

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November 11, 2016
The art here is rawer and more idiosyncratic than some other anime, and there is a pleasing matter-of-factness about fleshy matters - drinking, sex, sickness - even as the more abstract question of art's practice and power is under consideration.
October 28, 2016
The animation is superb, with fine attention to period detail, and director Keiichi Hara's use of modern music - some of it rock-infused - is apt accompaniment to a story of a young woman who lives life boldly by refusing to bend to cultural norms.
October 28, 2016
This plush anime version of Hinako Sugiura's original manga tells a tale in a poetic, episodic fashion.
October 27, 2016
Although it's lovely to look at, the movie is disjointed and is told through a seemingly random collection of vignettes, some of which are more memorable than others.
October 24, 2016
The spell "Miss Hokusai" casts is a powerful one that lingers long after the lights go up in the theater.
October 21, 2016
There are meditations on mortality, art, relationships, love, fear, sexuality and spirituality in this sumptuous-looking film. They cohere into a portrait of a young woman as complex as any big screen character can be.
February 8, 2019
I cannot praise this film enough. It simply refuses to take the easy way out or to tell a cliché story.
February 6, 2019
It's a beautiful exploration into the heart of an artist that I think you will enjoy.
October 10, 2018
Through the use of stunning visuals and surprisingly effective, if not sparing, emotional beats, the film is a solid triumph.
August 28, 2018
As a bit of storytelling, Miss Hokusai tells not one, but two great biographies at the same time in a remarkably captivating manner.
December 16, 2017
... quiet film with a sense of serenity interspersed with scenes of fantasy and wonder-dreams, stories, and moments of magic that may or may not be all in the creative imagination of the characters-and images of daily life of Japan in 1814.
September 11, 2017
The overall tone is so uneven, and that blaring rock soundtrack so intrusive, the artistry of Miss Hokusai gets lost in translation.
August 15, 2017
The film is a curious mixture of everyday life in 19th century Japan and weird supernatural spookiness.
July 18, 2017
Miss Hokusai mostly gets by on atmosphere, but it's a fantastic example of the wide variety found in Japanese animation.
January 4, 2017
You won't stick with Miss Hokusai because you absolutely must know what happens next. Sometimes it's worth sticking with something just to be immersed.
January 1, 2017
Miss Hokusai gets jarred by a few too-modern music-moments and some preciousness in Ōi and Onao's sisterhood, but otherwise it's a steady sail through one woman's artscape and life that can't be entirely her own.
December 28, 2016
Told through the eyes of Hokusai's daughter as she attempts to forge a destiny of her own out of her father's shadow, Miss Hokusai is animation for adults that packs an emotional punch.
December 13, 2016
While the emphasis on suggestion over standard biopic spectacle is novel, one suspects the film probably won't be suggestive, coherent or affecting enough for hardcore Hokusai admirers, leaving it to occupy a curious artistic no-man's-land.
November 24, 2016
A film with an appealing sensibility that invites the public into a dream world where eroticism, sarcasm, comedy, and nostalgia dwell in every scene. [Full review in Spanish]
November 10, 2016
The Japanese animated drama Miss Hokusai is a unique, fascinating oddity. It's a strong historical drama, and a serious one. Yet it's occasionally joke-y, often uneven, and occasionally difficult to follow.
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