Sakuran (2006)

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Sold by her mother to the owner of a brothel as a child, rebellious Kiyoha stands out even as a young girl, repeatedly talking back, challenging authority, and running away. Her brazen streak stays with her as she grows up to be a sassy straight-talking courtesan with a quick temper and a natural knack for her job. Taking her first patron at the age of 17, she hurls forward without looking back, as she fends off rivalries and rises to the top status of oiran (high class prostitute). From the men who come in and out of her life – first love Sojiro, brothel clerk Seiji, wealthy samurai Kuranosuke – Kiyoha tastes hope, heartbreak, and that relentless quest for freedom. But like a goldfish, she is beautiful and prized only as long as she remains in the fishbowl.

I was very disappointed in Sakuran. It has a dull, bland and…

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