Sisters of the Gion (Gion no shimai)
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Sisters of the Gion (Gion no shimai)
Along with Osaka Elegy (1936), Sisters of the Gion is widely considered one of Kenji Mizoguchi's finest prewar films. The movie takes a realistic look at the life of a geisha in Kyoto's Gion district. Omocha is a geisha with "modern girl" sensibilities; she resents the way that men callously treat women, and she is inclined to ignore the traditions and expectations of her profession. She sets out to beat men at their own game, jumping from patron to patron (a no-no in the geisha business) in order to attain money, nice clothes, and fancy meals. In the process, she deceives… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The great Japanese director followed his tough-minded Osaka Elegy with an equally forceful but more subtle analysis of female subjugation."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"It is a brief movie, which is impressive considering how much of Japanese culture its critique assults, but it must be conceded that it loses a little of its potential richness as a result."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"Mizoguchi presents similar themes MUCH more powerfully in Ugetsu or Sansho the Bailiff; here, it falls flat"
‑ Gabe Leibowitz,
"Superbly acted, shot and scripted, this is searing stuff."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"This elegant, carefully directed tale shows Mizoguchi's early talents."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The masterpiece of Kenji Mizoguchi's prewar period."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This is a touching and comedic film."
‑ , Film4
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