Cast – Mone Kamishiraishi, Hiroki Hasegawa, Sumiko Fuji, Eri Watanabe, Tamiyo Kusakari, Tomoko Tabata, Naoto Takenaka, Gaku Hamada, Ittoku Kishibe, Masahiro Takashima, Fumiyo Kohinata
OFFICIAL SITE – http://www.maiko-lady.jp/
SYNOPSIS – Lady Maiko (Dir. Masayuki Suo)
A story of one girls’ desire to attain the unattainable by becoming a geisha
The story is set in the ancient Geisha quarters of Kyoto named Shimohachiken. “Bansuraku”, a venerable teahouse of the old-‐‑‒school has a problem; it only has one “Maiko” left, the elderly Momoharu (Tomoko Tabata). The Madam of the house, Chiharu (Sumiko Fuji) and the two Geishas, Mameharu (Eri Watanabe) and Satoharu (Tamiyo Kusakari) are in a fix.
One day, while the town throngs to the festival of Setsubun in celebration of the coming of spring, a girl comes knocking at the teahouse door. A young country girl, Haruko, is begging to be allowed to apprentice as a Maiko but tradition dictates that it’s inconceivable a clueless nobody would be taken up by an esteemed teahouse such as
theirs. However, it just so happens that a client of the house and Doctor of Linguists (Hiroki Hasegawa -‐‑‒ nicknamed “Prof”) is intrigued by Haruko’s contradictory mixture of regional accents. In a fit of mischief,
he goads his friend Kitano, the president of a grand clothing firm, into accepting a challenge to turn this girl into a first-‐‑‒rate Maiko.
And so it happens that Haruko is launched into the harsh world of Maiko apprenticeship. Ancient Kyoto’s strict rules, the impenetrable language, the constant scolding not to mention the strenuous training in dance and
singing all threaten her resolve. The straw almost breaks the camel’s back when the linguist’s assistant, Shuhei (Gaku Hamada) comes out and tells her that she is simply not made of the right stuff. Her resolve almost
in tatters, what is it that keeps Haruko going? This depiction of one young girl’s battle with adversity, filled with laughter, tears, song and dance will be sure to entertain audiences everywhere. It’s a masterpiece