Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Society & Culture
  3. Social Issues

Tricia's retro film review: The Mikado

See also

The Mikado, by Gilbert and Sullivan

Rating:
Star4
Star
Star
Star
Star

The Mikado is the 1939 adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera. Nanki-poo has ran away from his home because the Mikado has arranged a marriage with Katisha. He falls in love with Yum Yum, who is engaged to Ko-Ko. When the city decides to execute a person in order not to be downgraded to a village, they choose Nanki-poo. He agrees to do this if he can be wed to Yum Yum. They agree and the plan goes smoothly, until the Mikado comes to town. How will it all end?

It’s a pretty good operetta. It’s also frustrating because it almost gets its research right. Although the clothing is mostly accurate, the names are not actual Japanese names. The writing looks more like random scribbling than Kanji. It’s too bad, because the story is pretty funny and could actually work in a Japanese setting. The opera singers are really good and can sing fast while still being comprehensible. The songs do outweigh the speaking scenes. Despite the shoddy research, Honolulu film fans should watch this movie.

More at: Tricia’s Retro Film Reviews

Buy The Mikado at Amazon.com

Advertisement

Life

  • ESPYS party
    Athletes and celebrities hit the red carpet at Body at the ESPYS party
    Today's Buzz
  • Using metalic paint
    Metallic paint can be used to refinish furniture or to create the illusion of a larger space
    Camera
    5 Photos
  • Gardening
    Have you ever started a garden and found a lone tomato straggler in with the strawberries?
    Camera
    7 Photos
  • Adopt a shelter cat
    Ten great reasons to adopt a shelter cat: Just ask Willie Nelson's family
    Camera
    9 Photos
  • Chikungunya virus
    Health news: Chikungunya virus has hit a man in Florida
    Camera
    5 Photos
  • Oaks Spa
    Just keep moving is theme at Oaks at Ojai, California’s primo budget spa
    Camera
    6 Photos

Related Videos:

  • Bonnie and Clyde
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3ACCpXaA-MU?VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Movie review: 'Magic in the Moonlight' casts a vibrant romantic comedy spell
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518250806" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518250806&autoStart=true"></div>
  • 'Thor: The Dark World' 2013 movie poster Marvel
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518111331" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518111331&autoStart=true"></div>