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Hatsuko Mabuchi
Tomoemon Otani ...
Dr. Kenji Matoba
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Yukiko Mabuchi
Eitarô Shindô ...
Yasuichi Harada
Bontarô Miake ...
Kobayashi
Chieko Naniwa ...
Osaki
Haruo Tanaka ...
Kawamoto
Hisao Toake ...
Yamada
Michiko Ai ...
Aioi Dayu
Sachiko Mine ...
Chiyo
Yôko Wakasugi ...
Tamakoto Dayu
Kimiko Tachibana ...
Usugumo Dayu
Teruyo Hasegawa ...
Kisaragi Dayu
Teruko Daimi ...
Onoue Dayu
Kan Ueda ...
Takeshita
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Hatsuko Umabuchi is a widow who runs a prosperous geisha house in present day Kyoto. Her daughter Yukiko returns from Tokyo following a failed suicide attempt, after her lover found out about her mother's profession. Hatsuko is having a discrete affair with the young Dr. Matoba, who looks after the geisha girls. The doctor is attracted to Yukiko, who initially despises him and everything connected with the geisha house. However Yukiko gradually changes her views. Written by Will Gilbert

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20 June 1954 (Japan)  »

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Watchable melodrama
19 May 2007 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

How does a middle-aged woman hold the attention of a handsome young man when her attractive and intelligent daughter captures his attention ? Can she fight back ? Is bribery an effective tactic ? An age-old story where three top-rank actors tend to overact, but are kept in check by master director Mizoguchi. And the intensity of the main story is nicely balanced by the little day-to-day dramas of running a bawdy house. The side-story of the geisha who collapses and becomes very ill, and the appearance of her younger sister who begs to take her place because of family poverty, is touching and well-handled.

I've seen several movies made around this time on theme of geisha houses lately, and although this is one of lesser among them, I would nevertheless recommend this movie. Tanaka Kinuyo and Kuga Yoshiko are two of Japan's great actresses of the 50s, and to see them slug it out over a weak and vain young man is something to behold.


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