Hannari: Geisha Modern
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The art of the geisha dates back seventh century Japan, in which women served as both entertainers and attendants to men in small private performances. While the geisha is often thought of as a romantic relic of Japan's history, the truth is that women still practice the geisha art today, though it has changed with the passage of time and due to the often mistaken perceptions of the West. Documentary filmmaker Miyuki Sohara examines the role of the geisha in 21st Century Japan in Hannari: Geisha Modern, which captures performances from a handful of contemporary geisha that attest to the… More
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"Unfortunately, the film never coheres, consumed with the details of geisha life without fully explaining its importance."
‑ Andrew Barker, Variety
"likely to hit the mark of appreciation mostly with Japanese historians, government censors, and bookish observers. Boys looking for more will be grossed out by the dry presentation. Geisha, geisha, geisha!"
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Sohara may have earned the geisha's trust in order to be allowed into their inner sanctum, but based on the evidence here, her moviemaking expertise was not a determining factor."
‑ Tim Grierson, L.A. Weekly
"While there's much to admire, there's very little that could be considered entertaining to someone not already enamored of geisha culture and lore."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Theoretically, the endangerment of the geisha tradition offers a compelling premise for a nonfiction film; unfortunately, that thesis is buried so deeply in this poorly structured documentary that it's nearly lost altogether."
‑ Lael Loewenstein, Los Angeles Times
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