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Maiko Haaaan!!! (DVD) (English Subtitled) (US Version) DVD Region 1

Tsutsumi Shinichi (Actor) | Shibasaki Ko (Actor) | Abe Sadao (Actor) | Kitamura Kazuki (Actor)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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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.

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Product Title: Maiko Haaaan!!! (DVD) (English Subtitled) (US Version) 舞妓 (DVD) (美國版) 舞妓 (DVD) (美国版) Maiko Haaaan!!! (DVD) (English Subtitled) (US Version) Maiko Haaaan!!! (DVD) (English Subtitled) (US Version)
Artist Name(s): Tsutsumi Shinichi (Actor) | Shibasaki Ko (Actor) | Abe Sadao (Actor) | Kitamura Kazuki (Actor) | Yamada Takayuki (Actor) | Kudo Kankuro | Maya Miki (Actor) | Ito Shiro (Actor) 堤真一 (Actor) | 柴咲幸 (Actor) | 阿部貞夫 (Actor) | 北村一輝 (Actor) | 山田孝之 (Actor) | 宮藤官九郎 | 真矢美季 (Actor) | 伊東四朗 (Actor) 堤真一 (Actor) | 柴咲幸 (Actor) | 阿部贞夫 (Actor) | 北村一辉 (Actor) | 山田孝之 (Actor) | 宫藤官九郎 | 真矢美季 (Actor) | 伊东四朗 (Actor) 堤真一 (Actor) | 柴咲コウ (Actor) | 阿部サダヲ (Actor) | 北村一輝 (Actor) | 山田孝之 (Actor) | 宮藤官九郎 | 真矢みき (Actor) | 伊東四朗 (Actor) Tsutsumi Shinichi (Actor) | 시바사키 코우 (Actor) | Abe Sadao (Actor) | Kitamura Kazuki (Actor) | Yamada Takayuki (Actor) | Kudo Kankuro | Maya Miki (Actor) | Ito Shiro (Actor)
Director: Mizuta Nobuo 水田伸生 水田伸生 水田伸生 Mizuta Nobuo
Release Date: 2008-06-24
UPC Code: 896911001133
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Color Information: Color
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories What is it?
Rating: Not Rated
Duration: 120 (mins)
Publisher: Viz Media, LLC.
Package Weight: 99 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023198888

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* Features:
- The Making Of
- Japanese Original Trailers
- Viz Pictures Presents

Director: Nobuo Mizta

From the acclaimed screenwriter Kankuro Kudo (Ping Pong, Yaji And Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims and Takashi Miike's Zebraman) comes Maikohaaaan!!!, a slapstick comedy with an energetic twist of Kyoto humor. Follow Kimihiko Onizuka, an office guy obsessed with Maiko (apprentice Geisha), into Kyoto as he stumbles from rags to riches in order to gain invitation into the private Maiko world!
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Customer Review of "Maiko Haaaan!!! (DVD) (English Subtitled) (US Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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February 10, 2009

This customer review refers to Maiko Haaaan!!! (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Wild comedy of one man's obsession with geisha Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
In "Maiko Haaaan!!!", Abe Sadao stars as Onizuka Kimihiko, a childish nerd who is demoted by his noodle company employer from its Tokyo headquarters to its backwater office in Kyoto. Onizuka, however, is thrilled at the move because he is the ultimate geisha otaku. He has been infatuated with geishas ever since, as a nerdy teenager, they helped him when ditched by his classmates on a school field trip. Now that he is reassigned to Kyoto, he sets about trying to gain entrance to a geisha teahouse. However, he finds his path blocked by the rules and restrictions maintained by the geisha to keep out the riff-raff. He realizes that he will have to use all of his ingenuity to gain the status to actually visit geisha.

Back in Tokyo, Onizuka has left behind his girlfriend Fujiko (Shibasaki Kou). Fujiko decides to follow him to Kyoto where she will become an apprentice geisha in order to win Onizuka back. But nothing goes quite as planned in this film, which piles one absurd plot twist upon another.

Abe Sadao's over-the-top comedic acting took a while to grow on me. Think of him as a combination of Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler at their wackiest. The film makes full use of Abe's comic madness, setting him in a world in which it seems that almost anything is possible (and in which the cast just might break into a Busby Berkeley-style song and dance number at any moment). However, at its heart, "Maiko Haaaan!!!" in its uniquely wild way tells an engaging and affecting love story. After some initial misgivings, I ended up captivated by the film and enjoyed it very much.
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