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Hokusai: Old Man Crazy to Paint

1 x 59 HD 4K
Broadcaster:  NHK

This is the definitive film biography of the world-renowned Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai whose print ‘The Great Wave’ is as globally famous as Leonardo’s ‘Mona Lisa’.

With Andy Serkis reading the voice of Hokusai, the film features artists David Hockney and Maggi Hambling and passionate scholars who study, admire and venerate this great Japanese master.

The film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the great, bustling metropolis of Edo, now modern Tokyo.  Using extraordinary close-ups and pioneering 8K Ultra HD video technology, Hokusai’s prints and paintings are examined by world experts. In the process they reveal new interpretations of famous works and convey the full extent of Hokusai’s extraordinary achievement as a great world artist.

Hokusai influenced Monet, Van Gogh and other Impressionists, is the father of manga and has his own Great Wave emoji.

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