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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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Credited cast:
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Yôko Umemura ...
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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November 1979 (USA)  »

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Gion no kyodai  »

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(Eion Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A deception for me
8 January 2007 | by (Varna, Bulgaria) – See all my reviews

I agree the comment written by Zetes. The film does not show the quality one expect to find in a Kenji Mizoguchi's film. This movie has definitely nothing to do with "Ugetsu", "Shansho", the monumental "Zangiku monogatari" (made in the 30's, as "Gion no shimai"), or even "Gion no bayashi", closer to "Gion no shimai" in subject and spirit. All those films are the ones I recommend for this exceptional Japanese director, specially "Gion no bayashi" for those interested on the life and troubles of geishas in 20th century Kyoto. In this movie I just see a not very intense plot, but with the usual Mizoguchi's moralist and (maybe) feminist message. Definitely, this film is not one of his best productions.


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