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Late Chrysanthemums (1954)
"Bangiku" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  27 November 1985 (USA)
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What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money, and has become a wealthy money-lender, spending her days cold-heartedly collecting ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Haruko Sugimura ...
Kin
Sadako Sawamura ...
Nobu
Chikako Hosokawa ...
Tamae
Yûko Mochizuki ...
Tomi
Ken Uehara ...
Tabe
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
Kiyoshi
Ineko Arima ...
Sachiko
Bontarô Miake ...
Seki
Sônosuke Sawamura ...
Sentaro
Daisuke Katô ...
Itaya
Haruna Kaburagi
Yoshiko Tsubouchi
Yaeko Izumo
Tsuruko Mano
Toshiko Nakano
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What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money, and has become a wealthy money-lender, spending her days cold-heartedly collecting debts. Even her best friends, Tomi, Nobu, and Tamae, who were her fellow Geisha, are now indebted to her. For all of them, the glamor of their young lives has passed; Tomi and Tamae have children, but their children have disappointed them. Kin has two former lovers who still pursue her; one she wants to see, and the other she doesn't. But even the one she remembers fondly, when he shows up, proves to be a disappointment. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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Great Japanese film from the 50's
10 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Naruse is typically considered one of the 3 master founders of Japanese film, the other two being Ozu and Mizoguchi. This is an interesting and honest film on the lives of retired Geishas. Whatever happens, when such a woman ages, and loses her charm and mystique? Well, for those who are interested, watch this film. One: Okin, is successful as a money-lender, but the other two have to borrow from her and are resentful. Okin doesn't have any children, but the other do. Okin finds out that her old love is coming to visit her, and is excited. Naruse is a master in subtle studies of his female protagonists' characters. Bangiku ultimately draws the viewer into the study of the questions of ones happiness, and one's life-worth. Very good film indeed.


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