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November 1979 (USA) See more »
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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Two geisha sisters struggle to overcome their confined social roles See more (13 total) »


  (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
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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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69 min | Argentina:95 min | USA:95 min | Japan:96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Two geisha sisters struggle to overcome their confined social roles, 9 November 2012
Author: msroz from United States

Last night I watched an excellent movie "Sisters of the Gion," a 1936 movie directed by Kenzi Mizoguchi about two sisters who are geishas. You couldn't ask for a more penetrating, absorbing, enlightening, powerful, realistic and yet dramatic version of the personal and social reality of the lives of these two women and the men they encounter.

The two sisters differ in character and in their views of their restricted position and opportunities. One is rebellious and antagonistic toward men, and she explicitly rails against her position and intends to take advantage of it by milking men. The other sister is accommodative and accepts her role entirely. Both are rather poor and they search for a patron, so that they can become a kind of long-term kept mistress.

Despite their differences, both women are headed for a similar kind of fate that is demanded by their restricted and confined position in life.

The story brings out the characters and attitudes of several men in their lives. It all leads up to a realistic conclusion.

At 70 minutes, the movie does not overstay its welcome. The story is mostly in confined interiors, with occasional forays into alleys that contrast darkness and light. The director knows when to use closeups and when to hang back.

Highly recommended.

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