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Twin Sisters of Kyoto

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Director  Noboru Nakamura
Country  Japan
7/10 IMDb

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Language  Japanese
Twin Sisters of Kyoto movie poster
Release date  13 January 1963 (1963-01-13) (Japan)
Writer  Toshihide Gondo, Yasunari Kawabata (book)

Twin Sisters of Kyoto (古都, Koto) is a 1963 Japanese drama film directed by Noboru Nakamura and based on the novel The Old Capital (1962) by the Nobel-winning Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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The film was remade in 1980 under the same title, Koto, directed by Kon Ichikawa and starring Momoe Yamaguchi and Tomokazu Miura.

Plot

Set in Kyoto, 20-year-old Cheiko (Shima Iwashita) works in her parents' wholesale silk goods store. She was brought up to think her parents stole her as a baby in a fit of passionate desire and becomes profoundly disturbed to learn (after a chance encounter with a girl who turns out to be her sister) that her real parents had abandoned her. Her identity crisis is exacerbated by her need to choose between carrying on her adoptive father's kimono-designing business, now in decay, and leaving home to marry.

Cast

  • Shima Iwashita as Chieko / Naeko
  • Hiroyuki Nagato as Hideo Otomo
  • Seiji Miyaguchi as Takichiro Sada
  • Teruo Yoshida as Ryusuke Mizuki
  • Tamotsu Hayakawa as Shinichi Mizuki
  • Eijirō Tōno as Sosuke Otomo
  • Yoshiko Nakamura as Shige
  • Michiyo Tamaki as Masako
  • References

    Twin Sisters of Kyoto Wikipedia
    Twin Sisters of Kyoto IMDb Twin Sisters of Kyoto themoviedb.org


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