Twin Sisters of Kyoto

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Twin Sisters of Kyoto
Twin Sisters of Kyoto.jpg
Original Japanese poster
Japanese 古都
Hepburn Koto
Directed by Noboru Nakamura
Produced by Ryôtarô Kuwata
Written by Yasunari Kawabata (novel)
Toshihide Gondo (screenplay)
Starring Shima Iwashita
Hiroyuki Nagato
Seiji Miyaguchi
Music by Toru Takemitsu
Cinematography Tôichirô Narushima
Edited by Hisashi Sagara
Distributed by Shochiku
Release dates
  • 13 January 1963 (1963-01-13) (Japan)
Running time
107 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

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.[1]

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


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.


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  1. ^ "The 36th Academy Awards (1964) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-11-03. 

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