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1998 2h 12m Drama Mystery & Thriller List
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In 1936 Japan, a geisha (Hitomi Kuroki) becomes an overnight celebrity after killing and castrating her lover. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Titillatingly bizarre. Rated: B Apr 5, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Delightfully different from the original, still sexy and wild, but more light hearted and comic. The use of music and colour were beautiful, it's less realistic than the original but offers way more subliminal messages of sex and violence. Being 2 hours and 12 minutes long was a bit painful as most of the scenes were not necessary but nonetheless a better version of the story. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Basically a biopic of Sada Abe, SADA has a few really fun, unconventional moments, though it pretty much turns into a PG version of IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES halfway through. Worth watching for the comedic elements and Obayashi's cheeky style. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Forget that this is another entry in the dramatization of Sada Abe's life and crime of killing her lover and cutting off his man-parts, most infamously portrayed in the sexually explicit In the Realm of the Senses, and ignore all the commentary that molds the story into a historical and social context for your academic pleasure, and never mind that these kinds of stories always start off with the girl being raped as a teenager. All those things involve too much thinking. Just kick back and enjoy this as another odd but fairly well-executed film by director Nobuhiko Obayashi. Hitomi Kuroki is amazing as Sada. Her characterization remains a constant as she effortlessly transitions through the varied styles of presentation Obayashi employs. She is always elegant, beautiful, sensuous, and in control. She is also very genuine, which comes off as quite sexy. (For the curious, there is zero nudity in this version of the story, not even a glimpse of Sada's notoriously cute butt. The closest we get, in a brilliant directorial move, is an odd-angled, extreme close-up of her fully kimonoed posterior. There are lots of bare shoulders and legs and several sex scenes but they are mostly played either artfully or comically.) Sada may serve it's nominal content respectfully and respectably but it comes off so much more as a film than a biography that if it's approached with an educational curiosity its style may frustrate. Watch it for the whimsical stylings of the director and the lovely and remarkable performance of Hitomi Kuroki. <a href='' target='_blank'>sitenoise at the movies: Sada [1998] Japan</a> Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member I thought it could be a very good drama movie about the life of a geisha, Sada Abe, but I was wrong. Nobuhiko Obaysashi didn't want people to think this is just another AV look-a-like movie, so he tried so hard to direct the movie with all the artistic approaches, too bad... it's just not good at all. End up... the movie is a piece of sh*t with messy storyline, chaos editing, and weird filming. Poor hitomi Kuroki... what a great actress. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member In the hopes of seeing a mature yet still fun Obayashi film ala HOUSE, there's more maturity and a lot less fun. Although there were some nice "Obayashi moments," see: Donut Fingering and Donut Masturbating and of course a purposeful lack of adherence to cinematic convention. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member You'd think the life of Sada Abe would inspire better movies than this and Nagisa Oshima's, and I say this with much love cause he's made brilliant movies, idiotic hardcore porno movie. You'd think someone could make a good movie out of it. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Synopsis In 1936 Japan, a geisha (Hitomi Kuroki) becomes an overnight celebrity after killing and castrating her lover.
Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Yûko Nishizawa
Production Co
Drama, Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
Release Date (DVD)
Aug 10, 2005
2h 12m