Matsuchiyo - Life of a Geisha

Directed by: Ken Nishikawa
Japan | 69 minutes
world-premiere
Screenings
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 2
Wed 3rd Oct 15:00

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VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 2
Fri 5th Oct 17:30
Q&A with Ken Nishikawa (Director), Mike Rogers (Producer)

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VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 3
Sun 7th Oct 18:00

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Geisha are among the most recognisable cultural symbols of Japan, and yet Western understanding of what they do is still very limited. Few are better placed to tell an audience than Matsuchiyo, a geisha for six decades who has no intention of retiring any time soon. Matsuchiyo tells her story in her own words, from a wartime childhood to the present-day, discussing how both she and the profession have changed in that time. The documentary is directed by her son, Ken Nishikawa, who returns to Raindance after presenting his debut feature, GHOSTROADS: A JAPANESE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL GHOST STORY, at the 2017 edition of the festival. He features heavily in the film, talking about his mother and explaining what it was like to grow up the child of a geisha. In a job where work and home life are so inextricably interlinked - and where to discuss your personal life is the height of unprofessionalism - the insights that only a mother and son can bring to an understanding of the interplay between the two is what makes MATSUCHIYO: LIFE OF A GEISHA truly unique. Lucy Rosenstiel
Original Title
松千代一代記
Runtime
69
Cast
Matsuchiyo
Ken Nishikawa
Country
Japan
Director(s)
Ken Nishikawa
Writer(s)
Ken Nishikawa
Mike Rogers
Producer(s)
Mike Rogers
Ken Nishikawa
Executive Producer(s)
Mike Rogers
Ken Nishikawa
Screening Status
World Premiere