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November 1979 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sakurako Iwama ... Omasa Kudô
Shizuko Takizawa

Directed by
Kenji Mizoguchi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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:
"Sisters of the Gion" - , International (English title) (literal English title)
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Runtime:
69 min | Argentina:95 min | USA:95 min | Japan:96 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Eion Sound System)

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Referenced in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) (TV)See more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Not One Of His Best, 1 May 2008
Author: crossbow0106 from United States

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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