Miss Hokusai the animated movie is a very good movie. However we have discovered its not a movie that speaks to everyone. Bear is not a very visual person and he does not have an understanding of Japanese art. He was left asking ‘what was with this movie!?’ whereas it really spoke to Yuji and I.
Watching a movie like Miss Hokusai isn’t going to be appealing to all viewers. It’s already a movie about artists and that by itself can be alienating for people who aren’t invested in the lives and values of artists.
Now it’s no surprise that I found the movie interesting, being a guy who likes to draw things. But what I found refreshing in film was the lack projected self importance that is often present in art films. The value and importance of art to the world message so to speak. Rather the movie simply showed the viewer what Hokusai and his daughter found interesting and no attempt was made by the film or its characters to preach the virtue of art.
It was a movie about people who like to do art because they like it. And I can respect that kind of honest sincerity in an art film.