Japanese Film Festival | Satellite



Directed by: Kon Ichikawa

Year: 1956

Length: 112 minutes

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

Screens in: Sydney and Melbourne

Based on the novel "Nihonbashi" by Kyoka Izumi

Screened as part of JFF Classics 2018.

Kon Ichikawa’s first colour film is a story of two ladies in a cut-throat competition to reign over Nihonbashi, Tokyo’s premier geisha district. Their rivalry grows fiercer when a handsome young doctor becomes the object of their affections. Despite their messy love triangle, the end goal for these modern superwomen is not romance, but to be Queen among geisha.

Originally written by Kyoka Izumi, Nihonbashi was first adapted to screen by Kenji Mizoguchi in 1929. Ichikawa’s version transforms the melodramatic premise into a decadent and intriguing film.

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 mild themes.


Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney


Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney


ACMI, Melbourne

Director: Kon Ichikawa

Original story: Kyoka Izumi

Screenplay: Natto Wada

Producer: Masaichi Nagata

Cast: Chikage Awashima , Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao, Ryuji Shinagawa and Eijiro Yanagi

Genre: Classics

Format: 35mm colour