Miss Hokusai Blu-ray/DVD + UV
About Miss Hokusai Blu-ray/DVD + UV
From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes Miss Hokusai, a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists.
As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches – sold under the name of her father – are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike. Shy and reserved in public, in the studio O-Ei is as brash and uninhibited as her father, smoking a pipe while sketching drawings that would make contemporary Japanese ladies blush. But despite this fiercely independent spirit, O-Ei struggles under the domineering influence of her father and is ridiculed for lacking the life experience that she is attempting to portray in her art. Miss Hokusai‘s bustling Edo (present day Tokyo) is filled with yokai spirits, dragons, and conniving tradesmen, while O-Ei’s relationships with her demanding father and blind younger sister provide a powerful emotional underpinning to this sumptuously-animated coming-of-age tale.
- Publisher: GKIDS
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Drama
- Themes: Historical
- Age Rating: 13+
- Run Time: 90
- Release Date: 3/7/2017
- Dimensional Weight: 1
- Region Code: A
Ratings & Reviews
A Beautifully Animated Historical Drama created with Drama
“Miss Hokusai” is a beautifully rendered coming-of-age film told from the perspective of O-Ei, the daughter of the famous artist known as Hokusai. The image and sound quality of this blu-ray, as with most GKIDS releases, is amazing. The addition of UltraViolet content is a plus. The story blends the everyday life and work of O-Ei with fantastical elements that are possibly a part of her imagination, but perhaps more. The hint of a larger world experienced by both O-Ei and her father as artists adds to the depth of their unique characters. To me, the most poignant part of this film involves O-Ei’s blind younger sister.
One big selling point for this blu-ray, which I did not realize until watching it, is the feature-length documentary included on the disc. The documentary explores many aspects of creating the film over several years, ranging from the difficulty of adapting a beloved manga to the director’s breakdown during the middle of production.
A nice and slow experience
The central plot focuses on the daughter of artist Katsushika Hokusai and their daily lives of improving as an artist and dealing with family. This movie has a bit of a slow pace, so don’t expect much action. It’s supposed to make you think and appreciate the scenery, which the art style is nice to watch. One thing that felt off to me were some of the music choices. Some scenes play a sort of soft rock which doesn’t quite match the tone and more importantly the setting of the movie. Included as well is an almost 2 hour documentary of the making of the film, which if you loved this movie or love seeing the process of making these kinds of movies, then this is a plus. In all, this movie was pretty good. I would’ve liked to see a little bit more or something a bit more impactful, but what’s presented is a nice experience.