It’s 1814, and Edo is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, teeming with peasants, samurai, merchants, nobles, artists, and courtesans.
Accomplished artist Tetsuzo spends his days creating astounding works, from a giant Dharma portrayed on a 180-metre-wide sheet of paper to a pair of sparrows painted on a single grain of rice. Short-tempered and with no passion for saké or money, he (Hokusai) would charge a fortune for any job he is unwilling to undertake
Behind the scenes, his daughter O-Ei, who has inherited her father’s talent and stubbornness, is often the real, uncredited painter behind his work.
Decades later, Tetsuzo will be known as Katsushika Hokusai and his work, including the renowned The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa, will reach recognition far beyond what he could have imagined. However, few today are even aware of the woman who assisted him and contributed to his legacy.
Based on the manga Sarusuberi by Hinako Sugiura, Miss Hokusai is the untold story of O-Ei, aka Katsushika Oi, a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father. -KE