Previously at the ICA - Films
4 Feb 2017
Naïve country bumpkin Haruko (Mone Kamishiraishi) arrives in the traditional heart of Kyoto to attempt the impossible. Rough-hewn and with an impenetrable accent, Haruko begs to be given a chance to become the epitome of cultural sophistication: a Kyoto geisha.
Taking inspiration from My Fair Lady, this film tells the “rags to riches” story of Haruko and her struggle and aspiration to become a maiko (apprentice geisha) in Kyoto. Directed by Japan’s master of entertainment films and Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme guest in 2012 Masayuki Suo (Shall We Dance?), the film is a fun-filled and toe-tapping treat, providing an insight both into the world of the geisha and the dedication it takes to achieve your dreams.
Lady Maiko (舞妓はレディ[Maiko wa redii]), dir. Masayuki Suo, Japan 2014, 135 mins, Japanese with English subtitles.
We are offering a special multibuy deal for the season: get 4 same price tickets for the price of 3 across different screenings in The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme (£33 for 4 full price tickets, £24 for 4 concession tickets, £21 for 4 members tickets). If you would like to buy to 4 tickets for the same screening or 2 pairs of tickets and receive the offer you can do this by calling the Box Office on 0207 930 3647. Open Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 9pm.
Please note that a three minute short film will be screened before the first main feature every evening. Part of a rotating selection that changes weekly, the films shown are currently on tour to various arts venues across the country as part of Playback