Production I.G. presents a superior animated feature. The characters are crisp and their movements sharp. In one memorable sequence O-Ei and O-Nao take a boat ride that brings them beneath the main bridge where the merchants sell their wares. The viewer is brought right into O-Nao's world as she picks out the distinct noises from the bridge above. Another key moment involves the sisters as the elder gives the younger a piggyback. Their father walking towards them does not acknowledge the pair. The sky shifts from light to dark as the family members intersect O-Nao having no idea that her father has failed to acknowledge her once again.
Miss Hokusai is a historical tale set in the Japanese Edo period. Tokyo in its infancy. The production gives an educational view of the main elements of the era. Merchants, Artists, Ladies and Drink are at the players as a society shifts its attention from years of regional wars to a united country. It's a film I can recommend.
*** Out of 4.
Miss Hokusai | Keiichi Hara | 2015 | Japan | 93 Minutes.
Tags: Animated Feature, Tetsuzo Hokusai, Painting, 1814, Edo, Japanese History, Blindness, Merchants, Brothels, Apprentice, Rival, Blindness.