"A Geisha" Is Released

A Geisha (祇園囃子, Gion Bayashi?), or "Gion Festival Music", is a 1953 Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi centred around life in post-war Gion (Kyoto) through the relationship between an established geisha, Miyoharu, and teenaged Eiko, who pleads with Miyoharu to take her on as an apprentice, or maiko. The film is based on the novel by Matsutarō Kawaguchi, who also produced the screenplay.

A Geisha is a 1953 filmed adaptation of a novel by Matsutaro Kawaguchi. Directed by Japanese filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi, the movie centers on two young geishas, Miyoharu (Michiyo Kogure) and her apprentice Eiko (Ayako Wakao). Near the end of World War II, social attitudes toward females are beginning to shift in Japan, leading the young Eiko to question whether or not she really wants to become a geisha, a position she feels will lower her status within society. Seizaburo Kawazu co-stars as Kusuda, a wealthy businessman who lends the money for Eiko's training and takes a nonfinancial interest in her as well. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide