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A Geisha
Genre:Art/Foreign
Year:1953
Rating:NR
Length:100 min
Country:Japan
Cast:With Michiyo Kogure, Ayako Wakao, Seizaburo Kawazu, and Eitaro Shindo
Credits:Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi.

Synopsis: Made between the twin peaks of UGETSU and SANSHO THE BAILIFF, the film is compact, fiercly beautiful and heart-rending. Set in the Gion district of Kyoto (and echoing Mizoguchi's pre-war classic SISTERS OF THE GION), it focuses on a teenage girl who becomes the protegee of a veteran geisha. There is little in Mizoguchi as insightful and moving as his portrayal of the relationship between the self-centered and idealistic young geisha and her mentor. Though too old to change her ways, the mature geisha encourages her apprentice to rebel against the tawdry world of businessmen to the make.

Japanese with English subtitles, bw, 35mm.

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