Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) Reviews

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.
October 20, 2016
Director Keiichi Hara achieves a balance between earthiness and aestheticism, suggesting a Japan on the cusp of modernity.
October 14, 2016
It feels much longer than its 90 minutes, and I left it feeling like I didn't really learn much about its title character or her father.
October 13, 2016
While it's not entirely kid-friendly, this portrait of an artist is both enchanting and thought provoking.
Top Critic
October 13, 2016
Creating worlds with images is a form of magic. Miss Hokusai demonstrates that simply, with its extraordinary simulation of sunlight streaming through O'Ei's spread fingers.
October 13, 2016
[An] unusual, visually adventurous animated feature, simultaneously modern and steeped in Japanese culture and history.
October 12, 2016
Miss Hokusai is a lovely biopic, even if it never quite picks up and focuses on a single thread. (Then again, neither does life.)
October 12, 2016
The "roaming hands" dream is one of Miss Hokusai's most memorable set pieces, but it's far from the only standout.
October 12, 2016
That an anime film can explore such complex subjects so beautifully in what's nominally an artist's biopic is a blessing in itself.
October 12, 2016
It is an interesting work, delicately and discreetly animated, with a quiet visual coup in its final moments when the Edo (as it was then called) of 1814 is dreamily replaced by the Tokyo of the 21st century.
October 12, 2016
The annals of Western art are woefully sparse when it comes to female painters, which is just one of perhaps a dozen reasons that Miss Hokusai comes as such a refreshing anomaly among anime exports.
February 4, 2016
Miss Hokusai is a high-profile Japanese anime that is completely (and refreshingly) devoid of fantastical creatures, floating castles and sharpshooting cyborgs.