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Sakuran Vol 1 cover.jpg
Cover of the first Japanese manga volume
GenrePeriod drama
Written byMoyoco Anno
Published byKodansha
English publisher
Original run20012003
Live-action film
Directed byMika Ninagawa
Produced byFellah Pictures
Written byYuki Tanada
Music byShiina Ringo
ReleasedFebruary 24, 2007
Runtime111 minutes
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Sakuran (さくらん, lit. "Derangement"), is a manga series by Moyoco Anno. The manga is about a girl who goes through different names throughout the story and becomes a tayu or oiran courtesan. North American publisher Vertical Inc published it in English in July 2012.[1]


A young kamuro (maid in a brothel) is sold into the red-light district Yoshiwara and is put under the care of the oiran of the Tamagiku house, Shouhi, who names her Tomeki. The girl is very rebellious. It is because of this that the leaders of the household begin to think that she will be one day a great oiran, since they need not only beauty and talent, but also the tenacity to maintain their position.

Tomeki becomes O-Rin, a hikkomi (or courtesan-in-training), and later Kiyoha, the most beautiful girl in the Tamagiku household. Her popularity threatens the position of Tamagiku's oiran Mikumo, which creates great tension between the two.

But rivalry is not the main problem for young Kiyoha, but rather the appearance of young Soujiro and the impossibility of love.

Sakuran theatrical film poster


A live-action film adaptation was released in Japan on February 24, 2007. The film stars Anna Tsuchiya and marks the directorial debut of photographer Mika Ninagawa. Ringo Sheena's album Heisei Fūzoku acts as the soundtrack.


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