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One of the reason I saw the movie “Maiko Haaaan!!” (scripted by Kankuro Kudo, one of the most popular scriptwriters in Japan) despite this silly title is because it features Sadao Abé … an actor whose popularity is shooting up these days, though he still stays a support in TV dramas mainly because of his much unique looks. However, he is essentially a stage actor who already has an immovable popularity in the theatrical world. Seeing quite a many of his plays, I always become amazed by how well he stands out despite his small size. (And I also like the huge "gap" between his flamboyant act on the stage and the modest and quiet reaction off the stage)
35.jpg“Maiko Haaaan!!” is a story about a man (Abé) who is an enthusiastic fan of Maikos – apprentice Geishas, and tries to get over the barrier of the cha-ya (where Geishas and Maikos entertain the customer) rule : "Ichigen-san Okotowari (Chance customers prohibited)".
I much enjoyed the funny reactions
of Abé, the jaunty conversations and the lively story ...often leading to many laughs from the audience. And I was surprised by how beautiful Maikos were …actually I believed one of them (the Maiko who Abé falls in love with) was a real Maiko until I looked up in the internet and found out that she was Saori Koide, who gave me rather modest impression from the TV drama “Jiko-Keisatsu (Acquisitive Prescription Police)”. It seems that girl with round face, not so big eyes, not so big mouth, not so tall nose ...is most suitable for Maiko make-ups. A gay look seems to be somewhat an obstacle for elegance of Maiko. Novel "Memoirs of Geisha" became a  movie "Sayuri", but I must say Geishas in that movie are very much different from those in "Maiko Haaaan!!" - and it is very clear which Geishas Japanese prefer.

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【2007/07/08】 | movie | trackback(0) | comment(0) | page top↑
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"Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End”  (and why do I feel a duty to watch the third one just becuase I saw the first two?)
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The key of the big hit (at least) in Japan has been no doubt the pirate Jack Sparrow. He first appeared in the movie standing proudly on a mast, but as the camera zooms out, you see that actually whole ship had already sank and mast is the only thing left that he could hang onto. Then Sparrow, who seems not a slightly disturbed, hops onto the deck, leaving the mast to dissapear into the sea. What an impressive way to appear... But Jack Sparrow could have been a much plainer character if it were not for Depp who acted it.
It's not easy to explain why Sparrow is so attactive. He is not particularly good-natured (maybe good-looking), nor particularly smart (maybe tricky), nor particularly brave (maybe reckless) – usually a character with such adjective is not so popular.
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【2007/06/23】 | movie | trackback(0) | comment(0) | page top↑
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