Trust me on this.
Miss Hokusai is a fascinating look at the art scene during the later period of the Tokogawa Shogunate, and O-Ei, the eponymous Miss Hokusai, is an intriguing character. Her father, Hokusai, is a rather less interesting character.
Alas, the film Miss Hokusai isn’t particularly engaging or interesting beyond those aspects. Miss Hokusai is essentially a sequence of vignettes about the artistic life (or what passed for it) in Edo around 1814.
The biggest issue is reliance on franchise familiarity to know and understand the character relationships since there just isn’t time to properly establish them within the story. This isn’t a problem with the live-action aspect per se, it is more a generic example of a compressed adaptation. Continue reading
It is a film that made me laugh because it was funny, laugh because otherwise I’d want to cry, cry at one of the sweetest romances on screen, and applaud both during and at the end.