World Heritage in Japan Screening Series IV
August 14, 2017 6:30 pm [REGISTRATION CLOSED. Thank you for your interest]
Director Nobuo Mizuta, 2007 (120 min.)
A comedy about the life of a man who pursues his dream to play Yakyuken (strip-poker like game) with maiko (an apprentice geisha). Directed by Mizuta Nobuo of Boy Meets Ghost (Hanada Shonenshi Yurei to Himitsu no Tonneru). Script by Kudo Kankuro of Kisarazu Cats’ Eye. Onizuka Kimihiko (Abe Sadao) is a devoted admirer of maiko. His relocation to the Kyoto branch finally comes true, Kimihiko finishes with his lover, Fujiko (Shibasaki Kou) and goes to his new post. Kimihiko is recognized by the President for his contribution to the company business, and he is taken to a teahouse (where maiko work) as his reward. Just when Kimihiko is going to play his long-waited Yakyuken, Naito (Tsutsumi Shinichi), a professional baseball player, barges in, and the game is put on hold. Annoyed Kimihiko decides to become a professional baseball player in order to beat Naito. In the meantime, Fujiko, who is unable to forget Kimihiko, follows him to Kyoto and starts training to become a maiko. The battle between Kimihiko and Naito carries on and on. Fujiko, who has become a maiko, gets involved, and the story becomes totally unpredictable. Would Kimihiko be able to play Yakyuken in the end?
(c)2007 Maiko Haaaan!!! Film Partners