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Clothes of Deception (1951)

偽れる盛装

103 min

Country: Japan

Director: Kôzaburô Yoshimura

Actors: Chieko MurataChigusa MakiEitarô ShindôEmiko YanagiIchirô SugaiKeiju KobayashiMachiko KyôSeizaburô KawazuTaeko KitakouchiYasuko Fujita

Genres: Drama

Subtitle: English

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Clothes of Deception initiated Yoshimura’s most characteristic vein. This geisha story is often described as a loose remake of Mizoguchi’s pre-war masterpiece Sisters of Gion (1936), but this is inexact. Whereas in Mizoguchi’s study of two sisters, both women had been geisha, in Yoshimura’s film only Kimicho (Kyo Machiko) is, while her sister works in the Kyoto tourist office. Juxtaposing a traditional Kyoto profession with a modern one, Yoshimura shows how life in the old capital was changing in the wake of wider transformations in Japanese society.

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