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Sakuran (2006)

A young girl is sold into a red-light district brothel and tries to adapt to life as an oiran (courtesan).

Director:

Mika Ninagawa

Writers:

Moyoco Anno (comic), Yuki Tanada (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anna Tsuchiya ... Kiyoha
Kippei Shîna ... Kuranosuke
Yoshino Kimura ... Takao
Hiroki Narimiya ... Sojiro
Miho Kanno Miho Kanno ... Shohi
Masatoshi Nagase ... Mitsunobu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masanobu Andô ... Seiji
Kayoko Aoyagi Kayoko Aoyagi
Ken'ichi Endô ... Sakaguchi
Mayu Fujimori Mayu Fujimori
Gori Gori
Yasushi Higuchi Yasushi Higuchi
Akiko Hoshino Akiko Hoshino
Yuki Hyôdô Yuki Hyôdô
Sadanji Ichikawa IV Sadanji Ichikawa IV ... Retired man
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A young girl is sold into a red-light district brothel and tries to adapt to life as an oiran (courtesan).

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Genres:

Drama | History

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Shohi: The more a girl is given things, the more the others hate her. Since nobody likes you, it's perfect.
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Visually stunning and very stylish
25 June 2008 | by fergus-stewartSee all my reviews

This is the ideal movie to put in your DVD player in order to impress your friends with your new flat-screen TV! The colours have been ramped up to 11 and the photography is absolutely stunning. Near the beginning of the film we see Anna Tsuchiya's character as a child watching the Oiran (the number 1 courtesan) parading down the street on her incredibly high wooden sandals. It is one of several visual sequences which, as a lover of the Japanese aesthetic (past and present) I simply can't get out of my head! Fantastic! The director (she is more famous as a photographer) uses the same approach (of modern music for a period movie) as Sophia Coppola in 'Marie Antoinette' but, for my money, much more successfully. Modern music frequently jars in Japanese movies but here it works brilliantly. Beneath the incredible visuals the story is really one of the brightly-plumed bird trapped in a gilded cage; beautiful as she and everything around her is, Anna Tsuchiya's character knows that escape seems impossible. But make no mistake, this is not a gloomy film, it's a downright treat.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

24 February 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Sakuran - Wilde Kirschblüte See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,247,539
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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