Sakuran (2006)

Mika Ninagawa's lavishly produced, broadly-scaled period epic Sakuran unfurls in 18th century Edo, the embryonic fishing village that in later years blossomed into the Japanese metropolis of Tokyo. Anna Tsuchiya stars as Kiyoha, a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sumptuous and arty Japanese geisha flick, tastefully filmed, but with irritating soundtrack. Like Marie Antoinette with Sake instead of Champagne.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

The characters are likeable but thin and, despite a few raw, persuasive scenes, the script feels emotionally stunted.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

If it is all a little like an arty novelette, there's no doubt it is a feast for the eye.

Peter Bradshaw

As the story progresses, it settles into something more traditionally sorrowful, but not before it has delivered a blast of energy.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

So full of attitude that it fairly leaps off the screen with claws bared

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Kate Stables
Total Film

But Ninagawa's obsession with image-making saps the story until the movie, like its heroine, is merely handsomely mounted.

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James Christopher
Times (UK)

The pop star Anna Tsuchiya is duly fetching as the young upstart, but not fetching enough to prop up a cast-iron potboiler.

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Matthew Turner

In short, Sakuran is an enjoyable, superbly directed and impressively acted drama that gives a delicious manga-slash-J-pop twist to the geisha story. Worth seeking out.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Ninagawa, like Sophia Coppola in Marie Antoinette, brings to a traditional story a keen compositional flair and a love of bright colours, as well as deploying a lively, jazzy soundtrack.

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Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

The staging is sumptuous but the imagery is static and the anachronistic score is a major irritant.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Kylie B
The storyline itself is pretty generic - nothing you won't have seen outside other films in vaguely the same area like Memoirs of a Geisha and Moulin… More
Panta Oz
Great artisticly executed movie from Mika Ninagawa... I really enjoyed everything she did in this movie set in 18th Century Edo, Japan. ?Sakuran? traces the… More
Lesley N
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