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Late Chrysanthemums (1954)

Bangiku (original title)
What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money, and has become a wealthy money-lender, spending her days cold-heartedly collecting ... See full summary »

Director:

Mikio Naruse

Writers:

Fumiko Hayashi (stories), Sumie Tanaka (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Haruko Sugimura ... Kin
Sadako Sawamura ... Nobu
Chikako Hosokawa ... Tamae
Yûko Mochizuki Yûko Mochizuki ... Tomi
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara ... Tabe
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Kiyoshi
Ineko Arima ... Sachiko
Bontarô Miake Bontarô Miake ... Seki
Sônosuke Sawamura ... Sentaro
Daisuke Katô ... Itaya
Haruna Kaburagi Haruna Kaburagi ... Shizuko
Yoshiko Tsubouchi
Yaeko Izumo Yaeko Izumo
Tsuruko Mano Tsuruko Mano
Toshiko Nakano Toshiko Nakano
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What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money, and has become a wealthy money-lender, spending her days cold-heartedly collecting debts. Even her best friends, Tomi, Nobu, and Tamae, who were her fellow Geisha, are now indebted to her. For all of them, the glamor of their young lives has passed; Tomi and Tamae have children, but their children have disappointed them. Kin has two former lovers who still pursue her; one she wants to see, and the other she doesn't. But even the one she remembers fondly, when he shows up, proves to be a disappointment. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Flor do Crepúsculo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Late Chrysanthemums (1954)
13 December 2011 | by SnakesOnAnAfricanPlainSee all my reviews

I do love Naruse, but maybe I missed something about this film. All the ideas are there. It follows a group of retired geisha, each trying to survive in the world past their prime. One has saved money and has become a scrupulous business woman. She lends money, but demands it back in a friendly, casual, but threatening way. Her old friends hold her in contempt, and believe she thinks she is better than them now. She has erased men from her life and she holds this as the reason to her success. Needless to say, some old flames soon arrive and she flirts with the idea of love once again. The film isn't bad, just very dull. I love my slow movies, but this was all talking. Everyone just says what they think, feel, and so on. It makes for a very bland movie experience. Especially when two characters spell out the films message at the end. I know this film was adapted from a number of short stories, and it kind of shows. Though these would work better bas articles. Don't start your Naruse viewing with this, as he has some incredible movies out there.


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