A Geisha (Gion bayashi) (1953)
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Critic Reviews for A Geisha (Gion bayashi)
A sardonic riff on the difference between postwar and prewar ideas is matched by an angry discussion on the gap between constitutionally guaranteed rights and brutal realities.
A hymn to women's mutual supportiveness, acutely aware that selling one's body is very different from selling one's emotions, and that sometimes it's just too late to change things for oneself.
Though the landscape of the film is restricted to a small, rather exotic quarter in Kyoto, "A Geisha" is far from esoteric. The scope is narrow and the focus is deep.
One of the few Mizoguchi films of the 50s with a contemporary setting, it is no less eternal in its mise-en-scene than Ugetsu or Sansho the Bailiff.
Masterpiece takes a feminist view of a geisha's life with extraordinary visual style.
Audience Reviews for A Geisha (Gion bayashi)
a beautifully observed study of the lives of geisha in the changing world of postwar japan and what happens when they try to assert their independence
Excellent work from Mizoguchi, very beautiful and moving and compelling. Wonderful use of curtains and corridors. He really captures female characters better than any other Japanese director I've seen. Very sad that so few of his films are available.
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