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Sisters of the Gion (1936)
"Gion no shimai" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  November 1979 (USA)
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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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Not One Of His Best
1 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is about geishas on Kyoto, Japan, in how they live and ply their trade. Since it was made by Mr. Mizoguchi, who seemed to have a fascination with prostitutes, it is right up his alley. While good, the story did not completely grab me like some of his others, especially "Street Of Shame" and "Ugetsu". The film's success is in the message it portrays as to these ladies, that they are somewhat trapped in their existence with no way out, broke and looking for a patron to take them out of that life. However, I did not find the characters to be as developed as I would have liked, so the film loses steam, even though it is a fairly short film, much less than ninety minutes. Still worth watching, it just doesn't have the depth of some of his other films.


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