Directed by Juzo Itami
Tales of a Golden Geisha
Directed by Juzo Itami • 1990 • Japan
Starring Nobuko Miyamoto, Masahiko Tsugawa, Hiroshi Ohkochi
This thorny sex satire stars the great Nobuko Miyamoto (star of nearly all of director Juzo Itami’s films) as Nayoko, a good-hearted geisha who brings luck to the men she sleeps with—even though most are scoundrels who don’t deserve it. Costarring another Itami regular, Masahiko Tsugawa, as Nayoko’s faithless playboy lover, TALES OF A GOLDEN GEISHA pulls off a tricky blend of humor and drama to comment pointedly on the skewed gender politics of Japanese society.
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Directed by Juzo Itami • 1995 • Japan
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