Fallen Blossoms

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Fallen Blossoms
Directed byTamizo Ishida
Kon Ichikawa (uncredited)
Running time
74 minutes

Fallen Blossoms (花ちりぬ, Hana Chirinu, also known in English as Flowers Have Fallen) is a 1938 black-and-white Japanese film directed by Tamizo Ishida[1] and based on a play by Kaoru Morimoto. The films cast is made up exclusively of women without ever depicting a man on camera. Many of the actresses are from the Bungakuza theatre troupe. A print is preserved at the National Film Center of Japan.[2]


The film is set entirely within a Kyoto geisha house and explores the lives and relationships of the women who work there, while battles rage in the city streets outside as rebel factions attempt to restore the emperor.


  • Ranko Hanai (Okira)
  • Reiko Minakami (Tanehachi)
  • Rikie Sanjo (Tomi)
  • Rumi Ejima (Harue)
  • Fujiko Naruse (Oshige)
  • Chieko Ishii (Shimewaka)
  • Ginko Ii (Okiyo)
  • Ryoko Satomi (Michiyo)


The film historian Noel Burch called it "one of the most remarkable community portraits ever filmed."[3]


  1. ^ "Il cinema ritrovato". Festival program. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  2. ^ "Hana chirinu". Shozō eiga firumu kensaku shisutemu (in Japanese). National Film Center, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  3. ^ Burch, Noel (1979). To the distant observer: form and meaning in the Japanese cinema. University of California Press. p. 202.

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