At the height of Japan's Edo period, the famous artist Hokusai, known to his family as Tetsuzo, works in the nation's buzzing capital Edo, or Old Tokyo. In this ukiyo (floating world), the lack of concern for the future is embodied by Tetsuzo himself. Producing dazzling works for powerful clients, he is assisted by his talented and outspoken daughter O-Ei. She not only helps her father in the workshop - she is often left to deal with matters at home such as caring for her mother and younger sister.
The crepe myrtle in their backyard is mentioned in a poem often used to describe the people of Edo, "Scatter briskly; bloom heartily." While Japan developed during its seclusion from the world, so too did O-Ei herself blossom despite being in the shadow of her renowned father.
Winner of the Satoshi Kon Award for best animated feature, Sequences Award for best Asian feature, and Gold Audience Award (2015 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal).
Presented by The Japan Foundation and ACMI
27 Nov + 3 Dec
Outspoken O-Ei is the daughter and assistant of Master Hokusai. She has the unenviable task of bridging her erratic father's floating world and his earthly family. Fortunately, she possesses both talent and determination, living by the motto, "With two brushes and four chopsticks, we’ll get by anywhere".