Gion Festival Music

One of Mizoguchi's most affecting films, this concerns a geisha who takes a teenage novice under her wing and gives her gentle encouragement in rebelling against her fate at the hands of politicking, insensitive businessmen patrons. A hymn to women's mutual supportiveness, acutely aware that selling one's body is very different from selling one's emotions, and that sometimes it's just too late to change things for oneself. As elegantly made as ever, of course, and poignant in the extreme.

Release details

87 mins

Cast and crew

Kenji Mizoguchi
Yoshikata Yoda
Michiyo Kogure
Ayaka Wakao
Seizaburo Kawazu
Kanji Koshiba
Eitaro Shindo
Ichiro Sugai
Haruo Tanaka