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16 June 2007 (Japan) See more »
Kimihiko Onizuka is a salaryman infatuated with maiko (apprentice geisha) and whose greatest goal in life is to play a party game called "yakyuken" with one. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Sadao Abe ... Kimihiko Onizuka
Shin'ichi Tsutsumi ... Kiichiro Naito

Ko Shibasaki ... Fujiko Osawa (as Kô Shibasaki)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Satoshi Hashimoto
Yûki Himura ... Camera boy
Shirô Itô ... Hiromi Suzuki
Katsumi Kiba ... Genta
Midoriko Kimura ... Yoshie
Shôko Kirisawa

Kazuki Kitamura ... Doctor
Kotomi Kyôno ... Koume
Miki Maya ... Komatsu
Katsuhisa Namase ... Senzaki
Keiko Nishi
Yukari Nishio
Kôji Ohkura ... Oshita
Wakana Sakai ... Mamefu
Saori ... Komako (as Saori Koide)
Kenta Suga ... Camera boy
Akiko Takase
Yui Tateishi ... Geisha
Hitoshi Ueki ... Old Saito

Takayuki Yamada ... Student on field trip
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ... Satsuki

Directed by
Nobuo Mizuta 
Writing credits
Kankurô Kudô (written by)

Produced by
Nobuyuki Iinuma .... producer
Yoshishige Shimatani .... chief executive producer
Original Music by
Tarô Iwashiro 
Cinematography by
Osamu Fujiishi 
Film Editing by
Seigo Hirasawa 
Costume Design by
Sachiko Itô 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masatoshi Kurakata .... first assistant director
Visual Effects by
Masato Aonuma .... cg artist: NTT Media Lab
Chieko Kurokawa .... lead digital compositor: NTT Media Lab
Issei Oda .... visual effects supervisor
Shinji Ohagi .... digital compositor: NTT Media Lab
Takeshi Shin .... visual effects supervisor: NTT Media Lab
Yuki Sugimoto .... matchmove artist: NTT Media Lab
Kyoko Yamamoto .... digital compositor: NTT Media Lab
Camera and Electrical Department
Shinichi Chiba .... steadicam

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Japan:120 min
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4 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Very nearly unwatchable, 27 March 2009
Author: Robert from San Francisco

"Maiko Haaaaan!!!" is the sort of film that I should've enjoyed. I'm a confirmed Japanophile, I visit it at least once a year, I love Kyoto's Gion district (well, the north Gion; the south is too touristy for my taste), and I always love seeing (or hearing) geiko and maiko, the two subsets of geisha in Kyoto. Also, I thoroughly enjoy "Shimotsuma Monogatari" ("Kamikaze Girls"), a movie that is structurally very similar to "Maiko Haaaaan!!!", and even shares some actors. So why did I give "Maiko Haaaaan!!!" just 3 stars and why do I call it "nearly unwatchable"?

There are two main reasons. First, the performance by Abe Sadao is one of the most annoying things I've ever witnessed on the screen. Imagine Jerry Lewis at his most irritating. Imagine Moe Howard from the Three Stooges. Add their over-the-top scenery-chewing, mugging, shrieking and contorting together, and -- there! You've grasped Abe Sadao's character. He was mildly interesting in "Shimotsuma Monogatari", but mostly because he retained an air of mystery (and his outlandish appearance was nevertheless underplayed). Not so here. He's turned up to eleven, and he's not coming back down anytime soon.

And the other reason? The script is an utter mess. It starts out as a broad comedy farce, breaks the fourth wall and becomes a musical, transforms into a tragicomedy, goes out for fast food, comes back for a while, goes into therapy, and finally ends as a maudlin "romantic comedy", while doing none of those things well. The tear-jerking elements just come off as sappy and unbelievable, and the "McGuffin" is simply incapable of making us care. And at more than two hours long, watching "Maiko Haaaaan!!!" is a bit like getting your toenails slowly pulled off. You know it will be better when it's over with, but there's still no end in sight.

If you like colorful, fast-paced, slightly screwball Japanese comedies, there are some great ones out there, from "Shimotsuma Monogatari" to to "Samehada Otoko to Mojiri Onna" ("Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl"). They're well-scripted, breezy and never get too broad. If "Maiko Haaaaan!!!" had been likewise crafted, it might have been a second-string to those two classics of their genre. Instead, it plays like "Jerry Lewis in 'Hay Priddy Japanese LAAAAAy-DEEEEE!'"

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