Mikio Naruse’s bittersweet and poignant film came at a time when the geisha tradition was in slow decline, threatened by the encroaching popularity of prostitution. In acute detail, the lives of these women are observed as they spend their days in close proximity, drinking and quarrelling, in anguish over their unknown future.
Kinuyo Tanaka also stars.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
This female-populated film, based on the novel by Aya Koda, follows okiya house owner Madame Tsutayako (Isuzu Yamada) as she struggles to keep her business going while her daughter, Katsuyo (played by the extraordinary Hideko Takamine), tries to avoid following in the geisha tradition.