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Tales of a Golden Geisha (1990)
"Ageman" (original title)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nobuko Miyamoto ...
Masahiko Tsugawa ...
Mondo Suzuki
Hiroshi Ohkôchi ...
Chichiiwa (as Hiroshi Ookôchi)
Ryûnosuke Kaneda ...
Atsuko Ichinomiya ...
Rin, Tamonin's mother
Kin Sugai ...
Foster mother
Kazuyo Mita ...
Mitsuko Ishii ...
Yoriko Dôguchi ...
Maiko Minami ...
Fukumi Kuroda ...
Isao Hashizume
Haruna Takase ...
Fur shop manager
Tokuko Sugiyama ...
Restaurant manager
Yakan Yanagi ...
Foster father


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13 September 1990 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Geisha des Glücks  »

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Itami's version of an urban legend
16 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The title A-ge-man refers to an urban myth in Japan that certain women possesses luck bringing organ, and having sex with such woman will enhance your career and fortune. Nobuko Miyamoto plays a geisha who's in demand because she possesses such organ.

Mondo (Masahiko Tsugawa) meets Nayoko (Nobuko Miyamoto) by a chance encounter in the subway. Mondo is ambitious playboy who has appetite for both social status and women. Nayaoko starts to become attracted to Mondo while Mondo being his usual self is absorbed in climbing the social ladder, and going to bed with women.

Like most of Itami's movies, this movie shows people in compromising positions which adds humor to the story, while telling a story of greed and corruption that exists in society. Sometimes Itami steps in too far into the taboo of society, and this is reflected in his real life ordeal of being attacked by yakuza, and even his death is rumored to be a foul play for directing movies that hits too close to home.

This movie shows the corruption, selfishness, power play and greed of people in power. Nayoko is much sought after because of her ability to bring luck to the players. Nayoko lives up to her reputation as she helps Mondo in many situations. This starts to change Mondo in a subtle way.

Good movie that explores the back side of society from an interesting angle and humor. Nobuko Miyamoto is great in this movie.

This is a movie that has drama and situation comedy rolled into one. Recommended.

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