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The Geisha (1983)

Yôkirô (original title)
The loves and tragedies of a geisha in 1933 Japan.

Director:

Hideo Gosha

Writers:

Tomiko Miyao (novel), Kôji Takada
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ken Ogata ... Katsuzo
Kimiko Ikegami ... Momowaka
Atsuko Asano Atsuko Asano ... Tamako
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... Osodé
Morio Kazama Morio Kazama
Akiko Kana Akiko Kana ... Maruko
Mikio Narita ... Inaso
Asao Koike Asao Koike
Sayoko Ninomiya Sayoko Ninomiya
Kazuo Kitamura Kazuo Kitamura
Meichô Soganoya Meichô Soganoya
Tetsurô Tanba ... Kochi Notable
Ren Tamura Ren Tamura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fumiko Ajiki Fumiko Ajiki
Katsutoshi Akiyama Katsutoshi Akiyama
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Storyline

1933. 20 years before, Katsuzo was in love with a geisha who gave him a daughter. They tried to run away together but they were caught and the woman was killed under his eyes. Now he is a zegen aka a pimp who sells girls to the Yokiro, the biggest geisha house in Southern Japan, run by Osode who used to be his mistress. His daughter who was raised by the Geisha House is now a Great Geisha under the name Momowaka. And his girlfriend, Tamako, wants to become a geisha. Momowaka falls in love, one of Osaka's yakuza clans wants to take control of the Yokiro. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | War

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 September 1983 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A gésa See more »

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Production Co:

Toei Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Surprised so few have seen it
8 June 2010 | by werdnahallSee all my reviews

And it definitely deserves higher than a 6.9. I'm giving it an 8 on tough scale. Really remarkable movie. I don't get my kicks shooting down Hollywood movies, but the most obvious comparison of course is Memoirs of a Geisha, and this one squashes it in terms of giving you a believable look into geisha affairs -- alongside a compelling, non-linear story. Performances are solid to great across the board, with Ken Ogata's character becoming an instant-favorite of mine. As I understand it this one was something of an award-winning, all-around big deal in Japan. Would've thought it was headed for major cross-over status, but for whatever reason--the quirky non-linearity of the story probably contributing--it didn't achieve it.


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