Hannari: Geisha Modern
Hannari: Geisha Modern (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 17, 2006
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Andrew Barker

Unfortunately, the film never coheres, consumed with the details of geisha life without fully explaining its importance.

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

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!

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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

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.

Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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Lael Loewenstein
Los Angeles Times

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.

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