Sakuran follows the ascent of Kiyoha (Anna Tsuchiya, Kamikaze Girls) a rebellious and feisty girl sold to a brother in the notorious Yoshiwara district; a nightlife zone that served both the elites and working classes for hundreds of years. Kiyoha rises through the ranks of the competitive brothel, initially as the house girl of an established courtesan, learning the trade and eventually becoming Oiran – the preeminent courtesan of the brothel. Headstrong and independent from the outset, Kiyoha is choosy about her customers and defiant to her employers and fellow courtesans; she wants to find her own freedom rather than have a rich merchant buy it for her. Adapted from the Manga comic series by Moyoco Anno and directed by acclaimed photographer Mika Ninagawa, Sakuran is a tour de force of new Japanese film and music talent. "Leave it to the Japanese to do Geisha stories right."