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Release Date:
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 »
1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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Could Have Been Really Good, but the Lead Actor Killed It See more (4 total) »


  (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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11 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Could Have Been Really Good, but the Lead Actor Killed It, 29 November 2008
Author: ebossert from United States

I'm a huge fan of Japanese comedies. I'm also a huge fan of Kou Shibasaki. Needless to say, I was really excited to see Maiko Haaaan at my earliest convenience. Some extremely positive reviews added fuel to my fire, but that anticipation began to wane within the first 10 minutes of watching this film.

To be frank, the biggest problem is the main actor – Sadao Abe. This guy proves to be extremely annoying with his persistent, hysterical screaming. When I looked up his filmography I got flashbacks of other irritating performances. Remember Ryuji the Unicorn from the excellent "Kamikaze Girls" (2004)? Well, he was easily the most annoying actor in that one. Remember that psycho kid from the great "Uzumaki" (2000)? Well, he was easily the most annoying actor in that film as well. Seriously, they should have found someone else for Maiko Haaaan and ramped down the unnecessary shrieking, because he single-handedly destroys the enjoyability of this film. Kou Shibasaki is great as always, but she's got nothing to work with here.

Another big negative is the script, which is shamelessly weak. The greatest strength of Japanese comedies is the scriptwriting. Trust me, no country outside of Japan could come up with "Survive Style 5" (2004). Maiko Haaaan is reminiscent of Wong Jing's Hong Kong comedies that use cheap hysterical behavior for comedy. Just pump your lead actor full of caffeine and have him scream and jump around. It simply doesn't work that well. Now, there are a few funny moments to be had (like the ramen noodle sponsored baseball game), but for the most part it ranges between cringeworthy and mediocre.

Listen, there are a bunch of much better Japanese comedies out there to see before this one: "Swing Girls" (2004), "Kamikaze Girls" (2004), "Survive Style 5" (2004), "Happiness of the Katakuris" (2001), "What Did the Lady Forget?" (1937), "Sukeban Boy" (2006), "Ohayo" (1959), the "Trick" television series, "Cutie Honey" (2004), "Bubble Fiction" (2007), "Warm Water Under the Red Bridge" (2001), "Karaoke Terror" (2003), "Crazy Lips" (2000), and "Adrenaline Drive" (1999) to name but a few.

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