Monday, March 24, 2008

Gion no shimai (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1936) aka Sisters of the Gion

Sisters of the Gion (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1936)
Rating: 8.7

Perhaps Mizoguchi's most direct indictment against patriarchal society and the poor treatment of women, specifically geishas in this case. The story follows two sisters, Umekichi who abides by traditions of loyalty and obligation to her patron Mr. Furusawa even after his business goes bankrupt and the self-assertive Omocha who looks out only for herself, and believes in the pursuit of wealth rather than love. Omocha laments "why is there a such thing as geishas in the world" in the final scene.

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