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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.


I saw on the news yesterday that this film drew audiences totaling 100,000 people already, and I think part of this success is by mouth-to-mouth advertising. Because it is a good and interesting story. The film also introduces the unique but still on-going “common-sense” and “how-to” of the Maiko world – such a limited world for the upper classes, not even much Japanese know about. So it is both refeshing story both for Japanese and foreigners.


official website :
http://www.maikohaaaan.com/index.html
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