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Miss Hokusai ("Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai")

North American Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2015
  • 90 mins
  • DCP
  • Japanese
  • English / French (subtitles)
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Hosted by Director Keiichi Hara

Screenings with English and French subtitles — consult our listings

WINNER: Jury Award, Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2015
Official Selection, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2015

« On le savait : Keiichi Hara est un cinéaste précieux. Ce que l’on ne savait pas encore, c’est que Miss Hokusai achèverait d’en faire l’un des plus grands. » - Anaïs Tilly, COURTE-FOCALE


It’s 1814 and an exciting time to be in Edo, the future Tokyo. The city is the perfect place for an audacious artist such as Tetsuzo, known by his nom de plume Hokusai, and his hotheaded daughter O-Ei, an accomplished painter who frequently assists her father. In fact, she goes so far as to create complete works that her mentor then signs, but her powerful style and inexperience bring headaches upon them, such as clients who fear their new acquisitions are possessed by demons. O-Ei and Tetsuzo always come out ahead, though, thanks to their resourcefulness and their circle of friends, including Zenjiro, a former samurai who has taken up the brush, and Hatsugoro, Tetsuzo’s best student and the apple of O-Ei’s eye. Come visit with the Hokusai clan — you won’t want to leave.

Following their recent animated masterpieces A LETTER TO MOMO and GIOVANNI'S ISLAND, the legendary studio Production I.G return to Fantasia with the superb MISS HOKUSAI. Director Keiichi Hara teams up again with scriptwriter Miho Maruo, with whom he made COLORFUL, to adapt the cult manga SARUSUBERI by Hinako Sugiura. MISS HOKUSAI examines the life of O-Ei, and her relationship with her father, the best-known creator of ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints). Family is at the heart of this tale rich in humour and occasional dalliances with the fantastic, which makes use not only of Hokusai’s most recognized works but also the city of Edo, so resplendently presented. At the same time, the revved-up rock soundtrack (including a track by Sheena Ringo) highlights the pop-culture dimension of MISS HOKUSAI, after all a look at pioneers of Japanese pop art, and gives the film — a vital new title in the honour roll of great animation — a burst of energy to match that of its protagonist.

— Nicolas Archambault

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