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43 Ratings

Ginza Cosmetics

Ginza keshô

Directed by Mikio Naruse
Japan, 1951


Set in Tokyo’s Ginza district, this low-key, lyrical unassuming drama is an account of a few days in the life of a luckless geisha as she struggles to make a living for herself and her young son.

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Ginza Cosmetics Directed by Mikio Naruse

Critics reviews

Relationships, definitions will become gradually clearer as the film progresses. In five minutes Naruse establishes the major themes and ambiguities of the aptly titled Ginza Makeup, and foreshadows events that will reach peak thrust only in the final 20 minutes out of 87, when it becomes strikingly apparent that the director has taken a coherent and practical découpage and grafted it upon an unusual dramaturgy.
January 24, 2017
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An unassuming, nearly plotless wander through Tokyo from director Mikio Naruse. It is remarkable for how unremarkable it is, focusing on the everyday lives of bar hostesses at a failing nightclub.
January 24, 2017
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Hard to understand how GINZA COSMETICS can play so perfectly into Naruse’s skill with characterization and sociological observation, while confining him so severely on the level of plot… For much of its length, GINZA COSMETICS is almost plotless, the better to showcase Naruse and the writers’ evocative depiction of Yukiko’s arduous life as second-in-command at the none-too-exclusive Ginza bar Bel Ami. Tanaka’s exceptional performance is key to the film’s impact.
June 06, 2016
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