What does it take to be a lady in Japan?

3 Feb 2016 12:00 PM
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Albany campus
Atrium Building, Atrium Round Room

For as long as she can remember, Haruko has wanted to be a geisha. But it’s no easy feat. Based loosely on the Audrey Hepburn classic My Fair Lady, musical comedy Lady Maiko provides a window into the world of geisha, and the dedication it takes to become one.

Eager to start her career, Haruko approaches a teahouse in one of Kyoto’s famous geisha districts to become an apprentice geisha, or maiko, only to be rejected due to her lack of references, her country accent and uncultivated demeanour.

By chance, she catches the interest of Professor Kyono, a linguistics specialist and regular patron at the teahouse. He strikes a deal with the teahouse proprietor, promising to transform Haruko’s strong dialect into ladylike speech within six months.

Lady Maiko, written and directed by Masayuki Suo, was released in 2014 and debuted at number five at the Japanese box office.

The film will be played at Massey University’s Auckland campus at Albany on Wednesday February 3, as part of the monthly Japanese film screenings.

Please note: There has been a change to the 2016 schedule for the Japanese film screenings. The films will now play on the first Wednesday of the month, at 12.15. Preceding the main feature is a short documentary on life and culture in Japan, which will start at midday. Unless specified, the films will be screened in the Atrium Round Room on the ground floor of the Atrium Building. There is free parking available on campus.

Lady Maiko is rated PG.

Running time: 135 minutes.


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