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Sisters of the Gion (1936)

Gion no shimai (original title)
Two geisha sisters lead a hard life in the Gion district of Kyoto. After one of them feels obliged to support a bankrupt businessman, the other sister sets up various schemes to get rid of him.

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Kenji Mizoguchi
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Cast

Cast overview:
Isuzu Yamada ... O-Mocha
Yôko Umemura Yôko Umemura ... Umekichi
Benkei Shiganoya Benkei Shiganoya ... Shimbei Furusawa
Eitarô Shindô ... Kudo, the drygoods merchant
Taizô Fukami Taizô Fukami ... Kimura
Fumio Okura Fumio Okura ... Jurakudo, the antiques dealer
Sakurako Iwama Sakurako Iwama ... Omasa Kudô
Namiko Kawasjima Namiko Kawasjima
Reiko Aoi Reiko Aoi
Shizuko Takizawa Shizuko Takizawa
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Storyline

Umekichi, a geisha in the Gion district of Kyoto, feels obliged to help her lover Furusawa when he asks to stay with her after becoming bankrupt and leaving his wife. However her younger sister Omocha tells her she is wasting her time and money on a loser. She thinks that they should both find wealthy patrons to support them. Omocha therefore tries various schemes to get rid of Furusawa, and set themselves up with better patrons. Written by Will Gilbert

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gion no kyodai See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,807
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiichi Eiga See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Eion Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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I'd bet that I'm in the minority, but I just found this one a bore
11 September 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A bust. As disinterested as I often am in Mizoguchi's films, Sisters of the Gion effectively knocked me unconscious. Some of the acting seemed decent, as did some of the direction. The opening shots were great. But then it slows down to a crawl that I just couldn't withstand. This is the first of his films that I was just not able to take. The couple of Mizoguchi films that I really like are Life of Oharu and Sansho the Bailiff (and Ugetsu's pretty good, as well), so if you haven't seen those ones, do so. 5/10.


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