A Geisha (祇園囃子)



© 1953 Kadokawa Pictures

Based on the novel "Gionbayashi" by Matsutaro Kawaguchi

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.

Melbourne dates will be announced on 11 October.

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.

Year: 1953

Length: 84

Format: 35mm b&w

Classification rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult

Audience warning: Contains moderate themes

Language: In Japanese with English subtitles.

Genre: Classics




Date Time Location City Special Events
30/09/2018 12:00 National Film and Sound Archive [Book now] canberra
24/10/2018 14:00 Art Gallery of NSW [Book now] sydney
24/10/2018 19:15 Art Gallery of NSW [Book now] sydney



Cast & Crew

Kenji Mizoguchi/
Original story
Matsutaro Kawaguchi/
Matsutaro Kawaguchi/
Yoshikata Yoda/
Hisakazu Tsuji/
Kazuo Miyagawa/
Michiyo Kogure/
Ayako Wakao/
Seizaburo Kawazu/
Eitaro Shindo/
Ichiro Sugai/