The musical used to be among the rarest of Japanese film genres. Plenty of films here — going back to the early talkies — featured singing and dancing, but Broadway-style musicals, which integrate the songs into the story, never really caught on.
Is a revival underway? Last month, Sion Sono’s rap-musical “Tokyo Tribe” hit theaters. This month, it’s Masayuki Suo’s “Maiko wa Lady (Lady Maiko),” which could be called Japan’s first geisha musical movie.