|GINZA COSMETICS (GINZA KESHO) (director: Mikio Naruse; screenwriters: Matsuo Kishi/ based on the novel by Tomoichiro Inoue; cinematographer: Akira Mimura; editor: Hidetoshi Kasama; music: Seiichi Suzuki; cast: Kinuyo Tanaka (Yukiko Suji), Ranko Hanai (Shizue Sayama), Yuji Hori (Kyosuke Iwagawa), Kyoko Kagawa (Kyoko), Eijiro Yanagi (Seikichi Kineya), Eijiro Tono ((Hyobei Sugano), Yoshihiro Nishikubo (Haruo), Haruo Tanaka (Gonroku Shirai), Yoshio Kosugi (Eijiro Kasai); Runtime: 87; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Motohiko Ito; Criterion Collection/Janus; 1951-Japan-in Japanese with English subtitles)|
|"It's not the cheeriest of films,
but it's excellently acted and presented."
by Dennis Schwartz
women's director Mikio Naruse
Place"/"Wife, Be Like a
Rose!"), always promoting working-class
themes in his films, delicately helms this
post-war subdued drama concerning the
daily survival struggles of a middle-aged geisha, Yukiko
Suji (Kinuyo Tanaka).
The nice lady, taken advantage of by flawed men, works
in the Ginza district of Tokyo and is a single-mom
raising her son Haruo (Yoshihiro Nishikubo).
It's based on the novel by Tomoichiro
Inoue. The screenplay is by Matsuo
Kishi. It's said that Naruse uses his
own personal impressions of the Ginza to enhance the
low-key drama, that has no big moments, as it follows
the giving geisha around for a few days. Her hum-drum
life is closely observed and how her young son manages
to be alone for so much of the time without her
supervision. Her greatest hope is when she meets an
intellectual young man, who sparks her neglected
intellect. But the luckless geisha must move on when
the romance never blossoms and she continues her quiet
life of desperation.
It's not the cheeriest of films, but it's excellently acted and presented.
REVIEWED ON 6/20/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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