"The Mikado" is arguably Gilbert and Sullivan's greatest work. Shortly after its production, the two men reportedly fought over the price of a new carpet for their Savoy Theatre, and the rest of their output never approached the standards of their earlier operettas. "The Mikado" is one of
the most entertaining musicals ever, but this film version doesn't make it. The setting is long-ago Japan, and the most powerful person in all the land is the Mikado (Adams), who rules with iron chopsticks. His son, Potter, flees to avoid marrying Palmer, the ugly older woman to whom he has been
betrothed. Traveling the country as a minstrel, he arrives in Titipu where he falls in...