Image Gallery Now Loading… Previous Next Close

A Courtesan with Flowered Skin (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Adachi Yumi (Actor) | Fuchikami Yasushi (Actor) | Koshino Ena (Actor) | Miyagi Ayako (Actor)
Our Price: US$10.99
Availability: Usually ships within 7 to 14 days
Important information about purchasing this product:
  • This product is accepted for return under certain conditions. For more details, please refer to our return policy.
  • This product will not be shipped to Japan.
Sign in to rate and write review
No Rating Available

YesAsia Editorial Description

Award-winning erotic novel Hanayoidochu comes to life with A Courtesan with Flowered Skin, a sensuous and glamorous period drama by director Toyoshima Keisuke. In her first nude role, Adachi Yumi (Loft) stars as Asagiri, an oiran (high-class entertainer) in the Yoshiawara pleasure district. When her abusive benefactor Kirisato dies, Asagiri believes that she may finally be freed from her caged life. She even falls for handsome artisan Hanjiro, whom she met on the street. However, their love would soon be crushed by reality, as Asagiri is brutally raped by a client at a gathering attended by Hanjiro.
© 2016-2017 YesAsia.com Ltd. All rights reserved. This original content has been created by or licensed to YesAsia.com, and cannot be copied or republished in any medium without the express written permission of YesAsia.com.

Technical Information

Product Title: A Courtesan with Flowered Skin (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 花宵道中 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 花宵道中 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 花宵道中 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) A Courtesan with Flowered Skin (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Adachi Yumi (Actor) | Fuchikami Yasushi (Actor) | Koshino Ena (Actor) | Miyagi Ayako (Actor) | Kamimura Shuhei (Actor) 安達祐實 (Actor) | Fuchikami Yasushi (Actor) | Koshino Ena (Actor) | Miyagi Ayako (Actor) | Kamimura Shuhei (Actor) 安达佑实 (Actor) | Fuchikami Yasushi (Actor) | Koshino Ena (Actor) | Miyagi Ayako (Actor) | Kamimura Shuhei (Actor) 安達祐実 (Actor) | 淵上泰史 (Actor) | 小篠恵奈 (Actor) | 宮木あや子/著 (Actor) | かみむら周平 (Actor) Adachi Yumi (Actor) | Fuchikami Yasushi (Actor) | Koshino Ena (Actor) | Miyagi Ayako (Actor) | Kamimura Shuhei (Actor)
Director: Toyoshima Keisuke Toyoshima Keisuke Toyoshima Keisuke 豊島圭介 Toyoshima Keisuke
Release Date: 2016-01-29
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD-5, DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 102 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1048168261

Product Information

The New Yoshiwara pleasure district in the twilight years of the Edo Period (1860s). Although courtesans have status as entertainers of the nocturnal world they are societal outcasts who dream of being “rescued” from indentured sexual service by a benefactor. Popular courtesan Asagiri (Yumi Adachi) is known for the flower-like markings on her skin which redden as her arousal swells, yet they symbolize a painful past. Although Asagiri will soon be freed from her service, she can’t imagine any other existence. One day at a local festival, Asagiri falls and is helped to her feet by young artisan Hanjiro (Yasushi Fuchigmi), who recognize her clogs’ dye work as his own. The fateful encounter changes Asagiri’s destiny, with the love she feels for Hanjiro bringing hope for a new life. Hanjiro also happens to be the brother of former courtesan Kirisato, whom Asagiri feels indeted to for taking her in as an orphan. After being bought out by asagiri’s first ever client, Yoshidaya (Kanji Tsuda), Kirisato suffered a mysterious death. Concealing his background, Hanjiro proposes a business relationship with Yoshidaya to get closer to the truth, but when Yoshidaya decides to buy Asagiri’s freedom next, it leads to tragic circumstances.
Additional Information may be provided by the manufacturer, supplier, or a third party, and may be in its original language

Other Versions of "A Courtesan with Flowered Skin (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

Customers who bought "A Courtesan with Flowered Skin (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)" also bought

Customers who bought videos directed by Toyoshima Keisuke also bought videos by these directors:

Search Keywords

The following keywords are associated with this product. Please click on a keyword to search for similar items.

YumCha! Asian Entertainment Reviews and Features

Professional Review of "A Courtesan with Flowered Skin (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

February 24, 2016

Directed by Toyoshima Keisuke (Moriyamachu Driving School) and based on the award-winning 2006 novel Hanayoidochu by Miyagi Ayako, A Courtesan with Flowered Skin is a Japanese historical drama focusing on the rough life experiences of an oiran entertainer. In the challenging lead role the film stars actress and former singer Adachi Yumi (also in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 2005 Loft), with support from Fuchikami Yasushi (Platinum Data), Koshino Ena (Chigasaki Story) and (Takaoka Saki, Lesson of Evil).

Set in the Edo period of Japan in the 1860s, the film takes place in the Yoshiawara pleasure district, where Asagiri (Adachi Yumi) works as an oiran, a higher-class entertainer position than the other prostitutes in the area. Having been tortured by her opium-addict mother as a young girl, Asagiri's body is covered with small flower-shaped burns, which turn even redder when she gets emotional. After her cruel patron Kirisato (Takaoka Saki) dies, she starts to believe that a better life and an escape might be possible, her hopes buoyed by her growing feelings for young artisan Hanjiro (Fuchikami Yasushi). Unfortunately, the harsh realities of life come crashing down again when a brutal client takes an interest in her, with tragic results.

There's nothing particularly new about the plot of A Courtesan with Flowered Skin, there having been quite a number of period-set films about the struggles of Japanese prostitutes over the years. Thankfully, although familiar, it's a tale well-told, with a sympathetic central character in Asagiri and a strong central performance from Adachi Yumi holding things together. As well as the often depressing emotional side of the story, which inevitably takes the viewer to some very grim places, Toyoshima Keisuke successfully manages to mine Miyagi Ayako's source novel for some fascinating and pleasingly subtle social commentary about the hierarchy of Japanese society. The film has somewhat of an odd feel that mixes the traditionally theatrical and the contemporary (the latter in part due to some dialogue choices), and while this can be a touch jarring in places, it also allows Toyoshima to reflect the present in the past, adding another level of meaningfulness for those looking for it.

Toyoshima has had a career which has seen him trying out various genres, including writing the Sora Aoi-starring Stop the Bitch Campaign: Hell Version, though he turns his hand well-enough to the period drama form. Wisely kept to a shorter length than usual, the film is sensibly paced and never gets too caught up in melodrama, balancing its fragile romance with grounded character study. Some good costumes and sets also help, making the film's historical setting more convincing than in similarly themed offerings of late. Inescapably, the film's sexual content is likely to be one of the main draws and talking points, and Toyoshima duly packs in a great many graphic scenes, Adachi Yumi frequently appearing nude. However, the sex is very much incorporated into the plot and treated as an unavoidable and day to day part of the oiran's life, rather than simply being thrown in for titillation. The film does walk a fine line in this regard, and thanks to a markedly unpleasant rape scene and other uncomfortable moments, it's hard to imagine it going down well with anyone looking for more straightforward exploitation kicks.

A Courtesan with Flowered Skin is definitely one of the better films of its type from Japan over the last few years. Though lacking in surprises, it hits the right targets with an admirable absence of fuss, and while not exactly a fun watch, is a worthwhile and well-directed outing from Toyoshima Keisuke.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

This original content has been created by or licensed to YesAsia.com, and cannot be copied or republished in any medium without the express written permission of YesAsia.com.
P and JK 2018 Japan Calendars Daytime Shooting Star The 100th Love with You Close-Knit Peach Girl Someone
  • Region & Language: Hong Kong United States - English
  • *Reference Currency: No Reference Currency
 Change Preferences 
Please enable cookies in your browser to experience all the features of our site, including the ability to make a purchase.