Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tatsumi Kumashiro - Yojohan Fusuma no urabari AKA The World of Geisha (1973)

Description: Sex and money collide at a geisha house before the Russo-Japanese War, where a first-time customer about to be married becomes deeply involved with an experienced geisha. The other women, both young and old, also become entangled in a variety of relationships amidst a violent historical setting of Korean uprisings and the eventual Japanese invasion of Siberia. A tantalizing, forbidden fruit of world cinema, this decadent delight is ripe for rediscovery.


Considered to be one of the best Japanese films of the ‘70s, Tatsumi Kumashiro’s The World of Geisha is a keen examination of the swirling nexus that attracts sex to money and money to power.
Set in a geisha house just before the Russo-Japanese War, a beautiful Geisha spends the night with a first-time customer who is about to be married. As an experienced geisha, she is not supposed to become personally involved (or sexually excited), but does anyway.
Her fellow geishas, both young and old, become involved with a variety of relationships as Kumashiro boldly analyzes the politics of the period using images of rice riots, Korean uprisings, and the eventual Japanese invasion of Siberia.


François Truffaut called Kumashiro's The World of Geisha (1973) a "great movie," adding, "The acting is perfect, and the film is humorous. In its praise for female beauty and derision for male stupidity lies the generous spirit of Jean Renoir."

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