Kudo Kankuro, the acclaimed screenwriter of Ping Pong
and his own directorial effort Yaji & Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims
, teams up with director Mizuta Nobuo (Hanada Shonen-shi
) for the exuberant comedy Maiko Haaaan!!!
. Geisha are a perennial source of fascination both in Japan and abroad, and this buoyant film takes a comedic look at male obsession with the elusive, elegant beauties. Amusing and unpredictable, Maiko Haaaan!!!
earns its extra exclamation points with a fast-paced narrative, flashy song and dance sequences, and raucous comedy against a graceful environment. Though far from serious, Maiko Haaaan!!!
also offers a peek into the state of modern geisha culture, be it the lives of geisha or the strict rules, high-level contacts, and big wallets necessary for patrons to enter the hallowed doors of Ginza's most exclusive establishments. Popular veteran comedian Abe Sadao (Yaji & Kita
) leads the cast alongside Tsutsumi Shinichi (Always - Sunset on Third Street
) and Shibasaki Kou (Dororo
), as a maiko or apprentice geisha.
Nerdy noodle company salaryman Onizuka Kimihiko (Abe Sadao) is obsessed with geisha, to the extent that he keeps a blog dedicated to geisha happenings. In order to get closer to the subject, he moves to Kyoto and happily throws himself into the city's geisha district. His greatest goal is to reach the prestigious inner circles, but he can't get too far with his low status and even lower funds. This fact is rubbed in his face by abrasive baseball player and teahouse regular Kiichiro Naito (Tsutsumi Shinichi). The two quickly develop an immature rivalry, with Kimihiko setting his eyes on the ultimate goal: a drinking game of strip baseball with the geisha.
Comes with teaser DVD for director Mizuta Nobuo and Kudo Kankuro's Nakumonka.