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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
As the filmmaking debut of a world-class photographer, one rightfully expects ‘Sakuran’ to look stunning. But director Mika Ninagawa’s aesthetic aptitude still manages to impress, crowding the frame with a striking richness of detail, flush with floral prints, shimmering patterns and blocks of warm primary colour. The story struggles for equal impact: in eighteenth-century Japan, a young girl is trained as a courtesan, with all the tradition and ceremony such a position demands.

The characters are likeable but thin and, despite a few raw, persuasive scenes, the script feels emotionally stunted. But the film’s most unforgivable flaw is its soundtrack: another period film aching for that modern touch, ‘Sakuran’ is drowned in jazz piano, digital beats and the unmistakable sound of a young woman passionately strangling her cat.
Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 29 August 2008
  • Duration:110 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Mika Ninagawa
  • Screenwriter:Yuki Tanada
  • Cast:
    • Anna Tsuchiya
    • Kippei Shiina
    • Yoshino Kimura
    • Hiroki Narimiya
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