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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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
What A Cast!, 8 August 2008
Author: crossbow0106 from United States

While watching this film, you could be reminded of Mizoguchi's "Street Of Shame" which mined the same territory, that being a geisha house in Tokyo at the time when the government of Japan was considering outlawing prostitution. The difference between the two films is that this film is less grim, though by no means a happy film. Set almost completely in the geisha house, it tells the story of the people in it. Not all are geishas, though. Hideko Takamine plays the daughter, and she wants to get a regular job. The house itself is in debt, with the threat always looming that the mother will have to sell. The actresses in this film are excellent, and they make the film so, so good. The aforementioned Ms. Takamine, Izuzu Yamada, Kinuyo Tanaka and especially the amazing Haruko Sugimura are just great portraying the characters in this film. It is not an especially happy life, but director Naruse shows brilliantly that these ladies know how to do one thing best: survive. A near great film, on a par with "Street Of Shame", but not so foreboding. Highly recommended.

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