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Gion no shimai (1936)

Two geisha sisters lead a hard life in the Gion district of Kyoto. After one of them feels obliged to support a bankrupt businessman, the other sister sets up various schemes to get rid of him.

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Yôko Umemura ...
Umekichi
Benkei Shiganoya ...
Shimbei Furusawa
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Kudo, the drygoods merchant
Taizô Fukami ...
Kimura
Fumio Okura ...
Sakurako Iwama ...
Omasa Kudô
Namiko Kawasjima
Reiko Aoi
Shizuko Takizawa
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Umekichi, a geisha in the Gion district of Kyoto, feels obliged to help her lover Furusawa when he asks to stay with her after becoming bankrupt and leaving his wife. However her younger sister Omocha tells her she is wasting her time and money on a loser. She thinks that they should both find wealthy patrons to support them. Omocha therefore tries various schemes to get rid of Furusawa, and set themselves up with better patrons. Written by Will Gilbert

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Gion no kyodai  »

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Daiichi Studio went into bankruptcy following the poor commercial results of the film. See more »

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A quiet classic
1 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

In the early days of film writing "Sisters" was often cited as one of the great films EVER; it is probably right that this quiet, measured film is now not viewed as such.

Still, I found it held my interest easily and was effecting. The acting is admirable, and the sadness of the women's plight are expressed without sentiment. Well worth seeing; 8 out of 10.


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