2015 / Japan Foundation Cinema Program “Sisters of the Gion” by Mizoguchi, April 8, 7:00 pm

Photo ©1936 Shochiku Co., Ltd./Otani

©1936 Shochiku Co., Ltd./Otani

Japan Foundation Los Angeles


The Japan Foundation Los Angeles provides high quality Japanese film screening every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:00pm at JFLA Auditorium, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite100, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Free to attend. Reservation is not required.

Street Parking is available. http://www.jflalc.org/about-us.html#parking

April 8, 2015, 7:00 pm

Why do there even have to be such things as geisha?

“Sisters of the Gion” (69min, 1936)

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi

The movie is in Japanese with English subtitles.

This film follows the parallel paths of the independent, unsentimental Omocha (Isuzu Yamada) and her sister, the more tradition-minded Umekichi (Yoko Umemura), both geishas in the working-class district of Gion.

Mizoguchi’s film is a brilliantly shot, uncompromising look at the forces that keep many women at the bottom rung of the social ladder.