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Flowing (1956)

Nagareru (original title)
Otsuta is running the geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her business is heavily in debt. Her daughter Katsuyo doesn't see any future in her mothers trade in the late days of Geisha. But Otsuta ... See full summary »

Director:

Mikio Naruse

Writers:

Toshirô Ide, Aya Kôda (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Rika Yamanaka / Oharu
Isuzu Yamada ... Otsuta
Hideko Takamine ... Katsuyo, Otsuta's daughter
Mariko Okada Mariko Okada ... Nanako
Haruko Sugimura ... Someka
Sumiko Kurishima Sumiko Kurishima ... Ohama
Chieko Nakakita ... Yoneko, Otsuta's sister
Natsuko Kahara ... Otoyo, Otsuta's sister
Seiji Miyaguchi ... Namie's uncle
Daisuke Katô ... Yoneko's ex
Nobuo Nakamura
Kumeko Otowa Kumeko Otowa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hideko Ebata Hideko Ebata
Chiyo Izumi Chiyo Izumi
Shigeo Katô Shigeo Katô ... Sushi restaurant patron
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Otsuta is running the geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her business is heavily in debt. Her daughter Katsuyo doesn't see any future in her mothers trade in the late days of Geisha. But Otsuta will not give up. This film portraits the day time life of geisha when not entertaining customers. Written by MarlicOne {imdb@motechnet.com}

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Drama

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References The Life of Oharu (1952) See more »

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"Geisha" Literally Means "Skillful Person"
24 May 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Isuzu Yamada is the owner of one of the most respected geisha houses in Tokyo. However, business isn't good. She borrowed 300,000 yen from her sister for her lover, who has since left her. He daughter, Hideko Takamine, has no interest in being a geisha or marrying. Seiji Miyaguchi, the foul-mouthed uncle of a former employee, is demanding money.

Mikio Naruse's movie, derived from Aya Kôda's novel, is an excellent, if typical work from the director. Ozu might direct movies about how families stay together in a changing Japan. Naruse more often worked in the tragedy of those who go under. Over the course of two hours, we watch as these characters slowly reveal themselves to us, not by the artfully and obviously-placed camera, seated unmoving at floor level, but through the eyes of newly-hired maid-of-all-work Kinuyo Tanaka. Naruse's style in unremarkable for its moment in cinema history, working near the top end of technical expertise. People don't act, they behave, and we tell what they are thinking by observing the rifts between these great actresses' behavior in one scene and the next.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Geisha See more »

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Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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