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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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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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Engaging dialogue-based drama
12 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An engaging little movie that explores the life of a middle-aged Japanese woman, a former Geisha who now works as a moneylender for a living. The film explores both her position in society and the lives of other former Geishas now struggling to make ends meet in a then-modern world and a society which is dominated by men.

LATE CHRYSANTHEMUMS is a talky, dialogue-based movie but I found myself caught up in the lives of the characters involved. Despite the lack of action and incident it's never boring, and director Mikio Naruse elicits some fine acting from his principal cast members. Certainly not a film for all tastes then, but one for those who like their drama carefully cultivated and mature.


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