However, there are gems. Gems that can’t be boxed into one theme or genre; gems that can be as inspiring as Shounen is without the exaggeration; gems that be thought provoking without the need to be overly dramatic or have an extreme context; gems that can transcend ages, demographics and even preferences of topics. I found a gem: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu.
In terms of adaptation and as a standalone movie, Sakuran is one of the best I have seen.
If I were to describe this movie in a few words, it would be somewhere along the lines of, “Everything the Anime couldn’t do”
The story begins like a musical would with a whining voice repeating “Belladonna”.
With material that was critically acclaimed and loved by the public, the thought of a live action seemed like a good idea. After 60 years of wait, it was safe to say that a faithful adaptation was long overdue. The live action movie was re-released in August 2008; by everyone’s surprise… it was quite disappointing. Why?