Twin Sisters of Kyoto (Kyoto)

  • Dir: Nakamura Noboru

  • Japan, 1963, Japanese, 107min, 16mm, English subtitle

  • Cast: Iwashita Shima, Nagato Hiroyuki, Miyaguchi Seiji

The happiness of reunion, like the ephemeral beauty of cherry blossom, is doomed to fade away. Abandoned at birth due to a superstition about twins, Chieko, now a wealthy merchant’s daughter, and Naeko, a self-subsistent orphan, have their fateful encounter at the Gion festival, interweaving their lives briefly, only to part again. Boasted by a nuanced, mercurial dual performance by Iwashita Shima, this touching film is a tribute to Japan’s old capital, a nostalgic veneration to the traditional ideals to heart that no modernization can erase.

Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film nomination

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till one hour prior to respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

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