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Tales of a Golden Geisha (1990)

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Her childhood was hardly ideal as she was abandoned and grew up without parental love. She finds a home and a profession as a geisha who is particularly popular because she has that lucky ... See full summary »

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Jûzô Itami

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Jûzô Itami
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nobuko Miyamoto ... Nayoko
Masahiko Tsugawa Masahiko Tsugawa ... Mondo Suzuki
Hiroshi Ohkôchi Hiroshi Ohkôchi ... Chichiiwa (as Hiroshi Ookôchi)
Ryûnosuke Kaneda ... Tamonin
Atsuko Ichinomiya Atsuko Ichinomiya ... Rin, Tamonin's mother
Kin Sugai Kin Sugai ... Foster mother
Kazuyo Mita Kazuyo Mita ... Hiyoko
Mitsuko Ishii Mitsuko Ishii ... Eiko
Yoriko Dôguchi ... Junko
Maiko Minami Maiko Minami ... Sayori-chan
Fukumi Kuroda Fukumi Kuroda ... Kiyoka
Isao Hashizume Isao Hashizume
Haruna Takase Haruna Takase ... Fur shop manager
Tokuko Sugiyama Tokuko Sugiyama ... Restaurant manager
Yakan Yanagi Yakan Yanagi ... Foster father
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Her childhood was hardly ideal as she was abandoned and grew up without parental love. She finds a home and a profession as a geisha who is particularly popular because she has that lucky bone in her that transmits fortune to her patrons. She meets a bank manager one day and soon enough they move in together. She gets a job out of it, but his appetite for cheap women is unabated. Written by aghaemi

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2 June 1990 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Geisha des Glücks See more »

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Itami Productions See more »
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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Oh, the Jelly. Daddy's favourite Jelly.
25 January 2016 | by carrot_handvoSee all my reviews

Is there anything more enjoyable than curling up and watching Juzo Itami movies?

The clothing and dress are particularly stunning with all of the characters. The bright red lipsticks, the fashion of the city. The over all phasing back and forth between the timeless old fashioned quarters and modern society.

Each scene is highlight with delightful transitions book-ended with the catchy score. This is comparable to Juzo Itami's Minbo, although a completely different style of film and musical interludes.

Nobuko Miyamoto again completely transforms herself as the titular Geisha. Her story turns the romantic narrative on its head and completely throws out the conventions of the genera. The glorified melodramatic situations are treated in such a flippant way it highlights the absurdity of human situations to begin with. This is a common theme in every Juzo Itami work, which is why I feel it appeals to everybody. It's not so much an idealization of these very Japanese themes, but a loving study of humanity, the ridiculousness of life, and the human spirit through humor.


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