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Sisters of the Gion

Kenji Mizoguchi / JP, 1936 / 69 min.

Traditions clash with modern values in Kenji Mizoguchi’s Sisters of the Gion, a stylized portrait of life in Kyoto’s geisha district on the eve of WW I. Together with Osaka Elegy (1936), Sisters of the Gion was embraced as a true sensation when it was released. The film is screened as part of EYE’s Japan programme – a retrospective of 90 years of Japanese cinema –  running until December this year.

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Those curious about what makes Japanese film so unique is in for a treat at Eye this autumn. With an overview of more than forty titles, we provide insight into more than ninety years of fascinating film history, from the early twentieth century to the present day.

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