On Saturday night I went to see Sakuran at the ICA. It was the UK premiere of the film dubbed as the ‘Anti-Memoirs of a Geisha’ and, having seen the trailer, I was really keen to go and see it!
Sakuran is based on a manga series created by Moyoco Anno, which I have to confess I had not heard of before (but would like to read now!) and the film was the directorial debut for photographer Mika Ninagawa.
It was a good film, although I would have to say that the story was the weakest part. However, I thought the visuals were stunning, and I really enjoyed the soundtrack too.
I don’t know if I can realy do the film justice in trying to review it, but I found it interesting that it was being called the ‘Anti-Memoirs of a Geisha’, and would have to agree with that description. In Sakuran, the maiko are courtesans and prostitutes, it’s bright, pacey and visually exciting, and the soundtrack makes you forget you’re watching a film about an age gone by. Don’t watch it expecting floaty images of Kyoto – you won’t find them. Instead, you’ll get bitch-fights, blood and a very sassy leading lady.