Japan | 85 min.
black & white
• 2 x disc special edition containing new transfers of both Gion Bayashi and Sansho Dayu.
• Lavish 96-page book featuring archival imagery; articles by Robin Wood (film critic and author) and Mark Le Fanu (author of Mizoguchi and Japan); and a full reprint of an acclaimed translation of Mori Ogai’s original 1915 story on which Sansho Dayu is based.
• Video discussions about both Sansho Dayu and Gion Bayashi by acclaimed Japanese film expert/critic, festival programmer, and filmmaker Tony Rayns.
• Original theatrical trailers.
Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953
Gion Bayashi is a drama set in the world of the geisha, contrasting two different types of geisha – Eiko (Wakao Ayako), a sixteen-year old orphan who wishes to be taken in and trained, and Miyoharu (Kogure Michiyo), an older, more experienced geisha, who agrees to mentor the younger woman – living under the same roof in difficult personal circumstances. A fascinating insight into the lives of geisha in 1950s Japan.
The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Mizoguchi’s films for the first time on home video in the UK — Gion Bayashi is only available as a twinpack with Sansho Dayu.