“Sisters of Gion”: Two Sides of a Coin


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"Sisters of Gion": Two Sides of a Coin
Contrary to the common belief, geishas in Japan are well-educated courtesans rather than cheap prostitutes and they play a very special role. (What is guide, p.1) They are, in the most strict meaning of the word, “persons of arts,” performers, dancers, entertainers. (Japan Zone, 2011, p.1) Sisters of Gion (Gion no Shimai, Mizoguchi, 1936) is the story of Umekichi, a geisha, and her younger sister Omocha, a hangyoku –or geisha in training- who have two different points of view about what their professions are and should be. While Umekichi, loyal to her traditional role, feels obliged to help Mr. Furusawa -her lover- after he falls in disgrace financially, Omacha orchestrates all sorts of lies to find...
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.....inal scene is the perfect summary to Mizoguchi’s intentions: to understand and accept a woman’s struggle and moral problem without judging her.
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Mizoguchi’s Sisters of the Gion (1936). Reading a Japanese Film (Cinema in Context). Honolulu. University of Hawaii Press. 2006. pp. 1-17.
Sisters of Gion (Gion no Shimai)(1936). Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi.
Perf. Isuzu yamada, Yoko Umemura and Benkei Shiganoya. Daiichi Eiga. November 1979.
What is guide. “What is Geisha.” Whatisguide.net. 2011.
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