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November 1979 (USA) See more »
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Umekichi, a geisha in the Gion district of Kyoto, feels obliged to help her lover Furusawa when he asks... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Isuzu Yamada ... O-Mocha

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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Directed by
Kenji Mizoguchi 
 
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Aleksandr Kuprin  novel "The Pit"
Kenji Mizoguchi 
Yoshikata Yoda 

Produced by
Masaichi Nagata .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Minoru Miki 
 
Film Editing by
Tatsuko Sakane 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kazuo Mori .... second assistant director
Akira Sakamoto .... third assistant director
Kôichi Takagi .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Hisashi Kase .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kazuo Kishi .... gaffer
 

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Also Known As:
"Gion no shimai" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
69 min | Argentina:95 min | USA:95 min | Japan:96 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Eion Sound System)

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2 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A deception for me, 8 January 2007
Author: maurazos from Varna, Bulgaria

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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