Fallen Blossoms (aka Flowers Have Fallen)
An unsung masterpiece with an all-female cast – the story of a Kyoto geisha house.
© 1938 Toho Co Ltd. All rights reserved
Dir Tamizo Ishida
With Ranko Hanai, Reiko Minakami, Rikie Sanjô, Rumi Ejima
History is viewed as ‘her story’ in this unsung classic, a story of a Kyoto geisha house, which scholar Noel Burch calls ‘one of the most remarkable community portraits ever filmed’. It’s notable for director Ishida’s innovative style, in which shots are almost never repeated, and for its all-female on-screen cast – a phenomenon rare today, let alone in the 1930s.
Print courtesy National Film Archive of Japan.