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Sisters of Gion
(Gion no shimai)

by Kenji MIZOGUCHI

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Two geisha sisters lead a hard life in Kyoto’s Gion district. When one of them feels obliged to help a ruined businessman, the other sister cooks up various schemes to get rid of him.

Whereas one sister embodies love, true feelings and very traditional discretion in expressing her emotions, the other flouts codes and morals. By often filming distant sequence shots, Mizoguchi renders this complex and precisely detailed account of geisha life, and begins to raise his mise-en-scène to the highest summits of cinema. Writing about this masterpiece, Noël Simsolo rightly points out that Mizoguchi gives a premonitory glimpse of what will determine the rest of his oeuvre: “ the expression of a lucid and desperate gaze on the alienation of women”. Produced by Daiichi, the film was distributed by Shochiku. JB

  • Titre français
    Les Sœurs de Gion
  • Original title
    Gion no shimai
  • Titre international
    Sisters of Gion
  • Scénario
    Kenji MIZOGUCHI, Yoshikata YODA
  • Photo
    Minoru MIKI
  • Montage
    Tazuko SAKANE
  • Son
    Hisashi KASE
  • Interprétation
    Isuzu YAMADA, Yokô UMEMURA, Benkei SHIGANOYA, Eitarô SHINDO
  • Production
    Daiichi Eiga
  • Distribution
    Carlotta Films : info@carlottafilms.com
  • Support de projection
    35 mm
  • Sous-titrage
    VOSTF

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