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29 November 1985 (USA) See more »
Otsuta is running the geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her business is heavily in debt. Her daughter Katsuyo... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Mikio Naruse 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Toshirô Ide 
Aya Kôda  novel
Sumie Tanaka 

Produced by
Sanezumi Fujimoto .... producer
Original Music by
Ichirô Saitô 
Cinematography by
Masao Tamai 
Film Editing by
Eiji Ooi 
Production Design by
Satoru Chûko 
Production Management
Takehiro Shimada .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masayoshi Kawanishi .... assistant director
Sound Department
Chôshichirô Mikami .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Chôshirô Ishii .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hirotarô Iwada .... costume researcher

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Also Known As:
"Nagareru" - Japan (original title)
"House of Geisha" - USA (subtitle)
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117 min
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References The Life of Oharu (1952)See more »


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Interesting observation of a declining trade, 7 July 2007
Author: simon-1303 from United Kingdom

This is a series of vaguely connected episodes set in and around a geisha house. Staff come and go. There are money transactions between everybody. Naruse knows this area to perfection and uses this knowledge and some tremendous actresses to portray both interesting day to day details and some of the major issues. Linked themes are the ending both of careers and of businesses in the context of a decline in the popularity of geishas and their traditional entertainment skills in post war Japan. Even less than in other Naruse films, there is little depiction of the geisha with clients and more about their 'off stage' lives.

As ever, Naruse's camera-work and editing is tremendous in capturing scenes and actions.

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