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
"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.