Sisters of the Gion (Gion no shimai)
Sisters of the Gion (Gion no shimai) (1936)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 15, 1936
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The great Japanese director followed his tough-minded Osaka Elegy with an equally forceful but more subtle analysis of female subjugation.

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Jeremy Heilman

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.

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Gabe Leibowitz

Mizoguchi presents similar themes MUCH more powerfully in Ugetsu or Sansho the Bailiff; here, it falls flat

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Superbly acted, shot and scripted, this is searing stuff.

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TV Guide

This elegant, carefully directed tale shows Mizoguchi's early talents.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The masterpiece of Kenji Mizoguchi's prewar period.

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This is a touching and comedic film.

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Stephen M
A kindhearted geisha takes in a former client who has fallen on hard times, prompting her younger sister to seek wealthy patronage by fair means or foul. Who… More
George Matalliotakis
Early Mizoguchi film that deals with one of his usual themes: the social issue of geishas. The film is as simple and logical as an enlightenment novel regarding… More
danny d
in many ways an interesting tale of two sisters who are geisha, one is kind and intentional towards her feelings and the other cruel, selfish, and out to get… More
Made in the same year as Osaka Elegy, the second of four films in Criterion Collection's "Kenji Mizoguchi's Fallen Women" series. Ishizu… More
Walter M.
"Sisters of the Gion" starts with an auction for the stock in the store owned by Furusawa(Benkei Shiganoya), a formerly wealthy merchant, now… More