• Movie: A Geisha
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Aug 12, 1953
  • Duration: 1 hr. 25 min.
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In the post-war, the sixteen year-old teenager Eiko seeks out the geisha Miyoharu in the district of Gion, in Kyoto asking her to be a "maiko" (apprentice of geisha). Eiko explains that her mother, who was a geisha and Miyoharu's friend, has just passed away; her father Sawamoto has failed in business; and her uncle is harassing her. Miyoharu is a warm-hearted woman and accepts to train her. One year later, Eiko's father refuses to be her guarantor and Miyoharu borrows a large amount from the tea-house owner Okimi to buy her kimono and debut in a party. Miyoharu changes Eiko's name to Miyoe and introduces the teenager to clients as her sister. Soon Miyoharu is charged for the money but neither she nor Miyoe wants to have patrons. Add Synopsis In Portuguese

  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Aug 12, 1953
  • Duration: 1 hr. 25 min.
  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 11 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Dec 13, 2017
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Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 7.0
A  naive and idealistic young woman named Eiko ventures into the Gion  district in search of her deceased mother's geisha's "sister" - an  independent, ancient geisha named Miyoharu. Shamed  by her uncle for her dishonorable social status and disowned by her  ill-dreamed, ideal father, Sawamoto, Eiko turned to Miyoharu hoping to  follow in her mother's footsteps. Unable  to secure a Sawamoto guarantee, Miyoharu decides to use her own  financial resources to take responsibility for Eiko's formal training as  maiko, a geisha apprentice, and gives her the name Miyoe. A year later, Miyoe is ready to debut in Gion's tea houses and  Miyoharu recruits the help of an influential teahouse owner named Okimi  to raise money for Eiko's ceremonial kimono.
"The Geisha" is a dispassionate but fascinating chronicle of a young woman's maturing geisha exchange. From  the opening act of a narrow alley as a young Eiko walks by a street  trader, Kenji Mizoguchi uses the repeated image of confined spaces and  restrictive passages to reflect a sense of imprisonment: the image of  Eiko running through the city to meet him, maiko preparatory commitment; the ceremonial introduction of Miyoe through the Gion tea houses; Sawamoto's unexpected visit on a Tokyo train; The moment of Miyoe's decision to beg Okimi. The  final act shows Miyoharu and Miyoe walking from the narrow, empty alley  of their house to the busy and festive district street. It  is a symbolic accomplishment of Miyoe's own emergence in the harsh and  relentless reality of a geisha's life the dichotomy between obedient  service and personal consciousness in a socially marginalized but  culturally accommodated trade of human emotion, a very good film.

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