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Lady Maiko

When:

Wed 3 Feb 2016, 12:15pm

Where: Massey University Albany Campus, State Highway 17, Albany, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: JapaneseConsulate

Join us for the Japanese Film Evenings for 2016!

Japanese films shown at Massey University are usually screened on the first Wednesday of the month from 12:15pm and are preceded by a documentary about Japanese culture from 12:00pm.

All films have English subtitles.
Admission is free and booking is not necessary.
Films, dates and times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances so please contact us to confirm details.

We hope that you will enjoy the films and gain a deeper insight into various aspects of Japanese society.

February : Lady Maiko
(Director: Masayuki Suo, 2014, 135min. Rating:PG Cast: Mone Kamishiraishi, Hiroki Hasegawa)

What does it take to be a lady?

For as long as she can remember, Haruko has wanted to be a geisha. Eager to start her career, she 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, country bumpkin dialect and uncultivated demeanour. By chance, her accent 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 6 months. But becoming a maiko is no easy feat: have the professor and Haruko underestimated the task ahead?

Based loosely on the Audrey Hepburn classic My Fair Lady, Lady Maiko is a musical comedy that provides a window into the world of geisha and the dedication it takes to achieve your dreams.

Presented by the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland, The Japan Foundation, The University of Auckland, Massey University, The University of Waikato.

© 2014 Fuji Television Network, Toho, Kansai Telecasting Corporation, Dentsu, The Kyoto Shimbun, Kyoto Broadcasting System, Altamira Pictures

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