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Maiko Haaaan!!! (2009)

Sadao Abe , Shinichi Tsutsumi , Nobuo Mizuta  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sadao Abe, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Kou Shibasaki
  • Directors: Nobuo Mizuta
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: VIZ Pictures, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015XHQV2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,250 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Maiko Haaaan!!!" on IMDb

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From acclaimed screenwriter Kankuro Kudo (Ping Pong, Yaji, Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims and Takashi Miike's Zebraman), comes Maikohaaaan!!!, a colorful introduction to Japan s Maiko world and a slapstick comedy with an energetic twist of Kyoto humor.
The film centers on Japanese office worker Kumihiko Onizuka (Sadao Abe, from Kamikaze Girls), who dumps his girlfriend (Kou Shibasaki) because he believes he can only fall in love with a Maiko (apprentice Geisha). He decides to pursue his dream of courting a real Maiko in Kyoto, but must first overcome the social barriers that prevent him from visiting the private Maiko Houses, as well as a millionaire baseball player rival (Shinichi Tsutsumi). Meanwhile, Kumihiko s girlfriend tries to win him back by leaving Tokyo to become a Maiko herself.

Special features include:
English Subtitles
The Making of Maiko Haaaan!!!
Director & Cast Profile
Original Japanese Trailers

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go Maiko... July 18, 2008
Format:DVD
An over the top cofection of a film that had me laughing out loud while simultaneously cringing. Maiko Haaaan!! is the story of Kimihiko Onizuka who's all consuming obssesion with Maiko(Appentice Geisha) directs every aspect of hiis life. He's useless at his job,working in a ramen factory because he spends his time running a Maiko fanpage while having text wars with an unknown person who likes to post insults on Kimihiko's site. He's dating a co-worker, but only because she claims to be from Kyoto the epicenter of Geish culture, and his life's ambition is to spend an evening with a Geisha Playing Yakyuuken(basicly rock-paper-scissors with stripping.) But there is a problem, though Kimihiko has photographed many Geisha he has never so much as set foot in a teahouse(where Geisha entertain.)

All that is about to change though, cause "somtimes life smiles on you." Kimihiko is being transfered/demoted to a ramen topping factory in Kyoto. Believing that his wildest dreams are on the verge of coming true he cheerfully dumps his girlfriend, telling her that he could only ever truly love a Maiko, and heads off to begin a new life as a Geisha patron.
But it wouldn't be a comedy if getting in with the Geisha where as simple as emptying your bank account and heading off to a teahouse.

Kimihiko needs an in, and it so happens that in is the President of the the company he works for, the president is reluctant, but makes Kimihiko a deal. Find a way to make the failing factory into a cash cow and, in return the key to the city, or in this case the teahouse. Lo and behold it works, Kimihiko is exactly where he's dreamed of being since he was a teenager, and to top it all he's met the Maiko of his dreams.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie if your into random humor June 19, 2008
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The movie is distinctly Japanese, so if your not into Japanese cinema that focuses heavily on the culture, don't bother watching this movie. For those of us who don't mind this, Maiko Haaaan!!!'s humor lies in its seemingly random senarios and the jerky actions of the cast. Its slapstick comedy in its finest. Again, if slapstick isn't your thing, you're not going to enjoy this. For those of you who do, make Maiko Haaaan!!! the top of your to watch this. At the very least this movie deserves a rental.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Onizuka will stop at nothing! May 4, 2009
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"Maiko Haaaan!!!" delivers on two levels. Not only is it a highly entertaining screwball love comedy, but it is also one of the most authentic geisha-themed films I have ever seen. People wanting to know more about the Flower and Willow world would do far better watching this than Hollywood fantasies like Memoirs of a Geisha or My Geisha.

Pure over-the-top comedy delivered as only the Japanese can, the story follows four people, Onizuka Kimihiko (Abe Sado), Naito Kiichiro (Tsutsumi Shinichi), Osawa Fujiko (Shibasaki Kou) and Komoko (Koide Saori). Two guys and two girls. As Shakespeare said "the course of true love never did run smooth." An understatement at best.

Tokyo-born Onizuka is obsessed with geisha and maiko (apprentice geisha), and has been ever since he first saw them on a school trip to Kyoto. The only reason he is together with his current girlfriend, Fujiko, is because he believes that she was born in Kyoto. Onizuka also runs a geisha/maiko website, where he is in a constant flame-war with someone who knows the geisha world better than Onizuka ever could. Eventually, Onizuka is transferred to the Kyoto offices of his company (a dream come true!) where he finds that money is not enough to open the closed doors of the geisha. His maniacal quest to gain an introduction begins, as well as his quest to win the love of Komoko, one of the newest maiko to debut. Naito, his rival, one-ups him at every chance.

But this little synopsis doesn't cover even a small portion of the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars (2.5 STARS) One Joke Comedy That Is Too Long July 7, 2014
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Because of his meeting with an elegant ad kind-hearted maiko or an apprentice geisha when a high school student, a young Japanese businessman Kimihiko Onizuka has been dreaming of having a party with maiko in Kyoto. He will do whatever it takes to make his dream come true, despite many obstacles he has to overcome, including complicated rules he has to follow, and a mysterious man named Kiichiro Naito (Shinichi Tsutsumi), who keeps interrupting.

First, this is a comedy. You are not going to learn anything about the tight-knit community of maiko and how they entertain customers. Also, the star Sadao Abe is a love or hate player for many, even for Japanese. I am not surprised if you find the protagonist Onizuka’s intentionally over-the-top acting very annoying.

The real problem, however, is the thin story of the film, which starts out pretty well, but loses its focus in the second half, where the writer seems running out of idea. Why baseball? Why politics? Written by Kankurô Kudô (“Ping Pong”), “Maiko haaaan!!!” is a one-joke comedy that goes too long. Ko Shibasaki (to be seen in Keanu Reeves’ ill-fated “47 Ronin”) is completely wasted in a pointless role of Onizuka’s girlfriend.

The film could have been much better with shorter running time and more attention to details. After all, why should we listen to the story of someone who treats his girlfriend so badly? Why should we care? The film provides occasional laughs and fun because of utter silliness, but you just cannot make a comedy with silliness alone.
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