Women are born twice

Poster Women are born twice

Koen, a downtown geisha, has relations with men of all ages. One day Tsutui, a customer old enough to be her father, offers her long term, exclusive love.

Five years after Mizoguchi, like a lighter sequel to Street of Shame (in which Ayako Wakao already played), Yûzô Kawashima explores the evolution of the geisha's status, using a disparate form that echoes the heroine's sadly immobile existence. With Koen - the fabulous Ayako Wakao - trying to keep her smile in every circumstance though her life is anything but disappointing, Kawashima delivers a moving portrait of a woman trying, under the guise of her profession, to conjure her solitude and to be loved and respected. One of his most subtly melancholic films.

Onna Wa Nido Umareru.

1961
Color - 99mn - Original version with French subtitles
Japan.
Drama.
Direction: Yûzô Kawashima.
Screenplay: Toshirô Ide, Yûzô Kawashima.
Photography: Hiroshi Murai.
Music by: Sei Ikeno.
With: Ayako Wakao, Sô Yamamura, Jun Fujimaki, Furankî Sakai, Kyû Sazanka.
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