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Sisters of the Gion (1936)

Gion no shimai (original title)
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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Credited cast:
Isuzu Yamada ...
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Umekichi
Benkei Shiganoya ...
Shimbei Furusawa
Eitarô Shindô ...
Kudo, the drygoods merchant
Taizô Fukami ...
Kimura
Fumio Okura ...
Jurakudo, the antiques dealer
Namiko Kawajima
Reiko Aoi
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Sakurako Iwama ...
Omasa Kudô
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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I'd bet that I'm in the minority, but I just found this one a bore
11 September 2002 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

A bust. As disinterested as I often am in Mizoguchi's films, Sisters of the Gion effectively knocked me unconscious. Some of the acting seemed decent, as did some of the direction. The opening shots were great. But then it slows down to a crawl that I just couldn't withstand. This is the first of his films that I was just not able to take. The couple of Mizoguchi films that I really like are Life of Oharu and Sansho the Bailiff (and Ugetsu's pretty good, as well), so if you haven't seen those ones, do so. 5/10.


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