Special Series

A Geisha


Directed by: Kenji Mizoguchi
1953 / 84 minutes / Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult

Based on the novel "Gionbayashi" by Matsutaro Kawaguchi

Screened as part of JFF Classics 2018.

Young Eiko escapes her lecherous uncle by seeking refuge in an okiya, a lodging house. There she determinedly pleads with the esteemed geisha, Miyoharu, to take her on as an apprentice. Struggling to keep afloat in the post-war economy, the two women strive to excel in their profession as dignified artists and fight for their right to choose their own patrons. However, they face pressures from their elders and customers to auction off their love to the highest bidder. Will they ever escape the cruel reality of an industry built on lies?

Based on the novel Gionbayashi by Matsutaro Kawaguchi, Kenji Mizoguchi depicts body politics between geisha, teahouse owners, and their customers in post-war Japan.

Free JFF Classics film

Advanced booking is not available for the Art Gallery of NSW screenings. Tickets are handed out at the Domain Theatre, 1 hour prior to the screening.
Audience warning: Contains moderate themes

Monday 26th November

ACMI, Melbourne

Screens in: Melbourne

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi

Original story: Matsutaro Kawaguchi

Screenplay: Matsutaro Kawaguchi and Yoshikata Yoda

Producer: Hisakazu Tsuji

Cinematographer: Kazuo Miyagawa

Cast: Michiyo Kogure, Ayako Wakao, Seizaburo Kawazu, Eitaro Shindo and Ichiro Sugai

Genre: Special Series

Format: 35mm b&w