Flowing a.k.a. A House of Geisha (Nagareru)

  • Dir: Naruse Mikio

  • Japan, 1956, Japanese, 117 min, DCP

  • Cast: Yamada Isuzu, Tanaka Kinuyo, Takamine Hideko, Sugimura Haruko

Capturing life in changing time, Naruse’s adaptation of Koda Aya’s novel is a complex portrait about work, traditions and illusions of female camaraderie, pivoted on women cohabiting a geisha house in decline. Sharing the stage with some of her fellow finest actresses, Yamada Isuzu plays a proud mistress who strives to save not only her struggling establishment, but also a fading way of life. A magnificent ensemble piece merging the tragic with the triumphant – among them, Naruse’s delicately structured mise-en-scène.

#8 in Kinema Junpo ’s Top 10

Blue Ribbon Awards: Best Film



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