• Japan
  • 1936
  • 69 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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Sisters of the Gion follows the parallel paths of the independent, unsentimental Omocha (Isuzu Yamada) and her sister, the more tradition-minded Umekichi (Yoko Umemura), both geishas in the working-class district of Gion. Mizoguchi’s film is a brilliantly shot, uncompromising look at the forces that keep many women at the bottom rung of the social ladder.

Cast

OmochaIsuzu Yamada
UmekichiYoko Umemura
Shimbei Shiganoya Bendo
OemiKazuko Hisano
JurakudoFumio Okura
Yasukichi KimuraTaizo Fukami
Sangoro Kudo Eitarô Shindô
OmasaSakurako Iwama
Furusawa’s chief clerkSomenosuke Hayashiya
UmeryuReiko Aoi
OchiyoShizuko Takizawa
TachibanaKozo Tachibana

Credits

DirectorKenji Mizoguchi
ProducerMasaichi Nagata
Original storyKenji Mizoguchi
ScreenplayYoshikata Yoda
CinematographyMinoru Miki
EditingTatsuko Sakane

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