With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Monday, April 28, 2008

ACF 105: Maiko Haaaan!!! in Seattle

Kimihiko (Sadawo Abe) with two objects of his fixation.

Maiko Haaaan!!!
Directed by Nobuo Mizuta
Japan, 2007, 120 min

This hilarious Japanese comedy about a salaryman obsessed with maiko, as apprentice geisha are called, is starting a one week theatrical run in Seattle, Washington this Friday. The film will screen May 2-8 at:

Grand Illusion Cinema
1403 NE 50th Street
Seattle, WA 98105

Kou Shibasaki (r) plays the girlfriend Kimihiko dumped and who
decides to train as a maiko herself to win him back.

The screenplay is by Kankuro Kudo, who was also the scribe of such fare as Ping Pong and Takashi Miike's Zebraman. Director Mizuta has done a fine job bringing it to the screen, imbuing it with lively colors and wonderful pacing, which is essential if a comedy is to succeed.

I urge you Asian Film Fans in the Seattle area to check this one out. I can pretty much guarantee you'll have a fun time with this odd-ball look at the unique world of maiko and geisha.

For my review of Maiko Haaaan!!! in ACF 103, click here.

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