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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
Eitarô Shindô ...
Kudo, the drygoods merchant
Taizô Fukami ...
Kimura
Fumio Okura ...
Jurakudo, the antiques dealer
Namiko Kawajima
Reiko Aoi
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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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Mizoguchi Explores the Darker Side of the Geisha
20 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

Here we have another film by Mizogucki looking at "fallen women", much like "Street of Shame" twenty years later, and to some degree "Osaka Elegy". But we also have a tale of the old and the new -- looking to the West and also sticking with tradition. This is especially interesting given the radical shift in Japanese culture after World War II.

I have not seen the remake and thus cannot compare them, but how do you top the work of Mizoguchi? You simply cannot.


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