Tamizo Ishida

Tamizo Ishida – Orizo nan henge AKA Seven Changes of a Paper Crane (1941)

Maya Grohn wrote:
The story is based on the serial novel by Tsunoda Kikuo, which was published in a magazine called “KING”, the most popular magazine of its time. This type of magazine was deemed too popular for serious literature lovers, who regarded it as beneath them. Once a girl, a long time ago, Maya could not understand it all, but through ageing I have begun to enjoy these thing in a quite different manner. Read More »

Tamizo Ishida – Hana chirinu AKA Fallen Blossoms (1938)

Set against the backdrop of an imperial victory in the civil war leading up to the Meiji Restoration, Fallen Blossoms tells the story of the sorrows of women in a geisha house in Kyoto by recounting the relationships of its inhabitants. Read More »

Tamizo Ishida – Hana-tsumi nikki AKA Flower Picking Diary (1939)

Maya Grohn wrote:
This film is based on the book Heaven and Maiko by Yoshiya Nobuko.

It is a story of two girls with totally different family backgrounds. The family of Eiko was in the okiya business, which handled geiko (geisha), one of the highest rank okiya in Osaka. Eiko was attending the girls’ school, modeled after Wilmina Girls School (currently Osaka Jogakuin).

One day a new girl, Sada Mitsuru moved to the school from Tokyo, Mitsuru’s father was a successful businessman and her mother a pious Christian. Read More »