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Sakuran

Period Film, Drama, Romance 1h 51m 2007

Sold into a brothel within the Yoshiwara red light district of 18th century Edo as a young girl, rebellious Kiyoha (Anna Tsuchiya, Kamikaze Girls) rises through the ranks over the years despite herself and becomes next in line as oiran (head courtesan) while keeping a constant eye on finding a way out. Distinguished by its bold visual style—replete with gorgeous candy-colored sets and flashy period costumes—Sakuran is a kaleidoscopic tour de force and the feature film debut by celebrated art photographer Mika Ninagawa, who makes the most of her knack for eye-catching compositions. Adapted from the popular manga by Moyoco Anno and featuring a memorably vibrant soundtrack by renowned musician Ringo Sheena.

“★★★★★” —The Japan Times

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Streaming in the U.S. from February 5-25 as part of 21st Century Japan: Films from 2001-2020

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Director

Mika Ninagawa

Language

In Japanese with English subtitles

Subtitles

English

Country

Japan

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