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The Geisha House (1998)

Omocha (original title)
Young Tokiko works at a geisha house as a maid, waiting for her maiko practice (apprenticeship of geisha) to begin. The movie depicts detailed lifestyle of geishas at that time, showing their rules, loves, beauties and humanities.

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Credited cast:
Maki Miyamoto ...
Tokiko aka Omocha
Sumiko Fuji ...
Satoe (as Junko Fuji)
Kaho Minami ...
Terucho
Mai Kitajima ...
Somemaru
Masahiko Tsugawa ...
Yoshikawa
Yumiko Nogawa ...
Michiko
Mariko Okada ...
Hanaman's owner
Takeshi Katô ...
Kitayama
Noboru Mitani ...
Naomasa Musaka ...
Kayama
Takashi Sasano ...
Kosaka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Police detective
Ryôko Gi
Chinatsu Izumi
Yasuyo Matsumura ...
Tokiko's mother
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Young Tokiko works at a geisha house as a maid, waiting for her maiko practice (apprenticeship of geisha) to begin. The movie depicts detailed lifestyle of geishas at that time, showing their rules, loves, beauties and humanities.

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A fascinating examination of Geisha culture
27 December 2002 | by (Southampton, England) – See all my reviews

Omocha is a fascinating look at the world of the Geisha in Japan at a critical time in their history, the introduction of anti-prostitution laws in 1958. Cleverly directed, the film provides an intimate portrayal of the vibrancy of the Geisha culture, in terms of both its visual appeal and the sheer complexity of the social system that 'regulates' the Geisha's lives.

While it occasionally resorts to some lacklustre stereotyping, it's always well acted and intensely engaging. The film's basic story and premise is similar to the novel 'Memoirs of Geisha', but it is very much its own film, and raises a lot of questions about attitudes to women, sex, and women who sell sex, that still resonate strongly today.


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