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Film Review - Miss Hokusai


There’s been a certain wistful and fantastical quality to most Japanese animated features that find their way to the U.S. Obviously, the work of Studio Ghibli is an appropriate example of the tonality of these releases, offering viewers wide swings of nostalgia and excitement. “Miss Hokusai” emerges with the same visual style, but it’s tale of maturation is a little more adult and less precious. It’s an adaptation of a popular manga, and one that takes an askew look at the nature of art, the trials of personal relationships, and the burden of expectations. “Miss Hokusai” can be an abrupt picture, but it retains sizable charisma and artistry, locating a few emotional moments that work exceptionally well. Read the rest at


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