The Geisha House (おもちゃ Omocha) is a 1999 film directed by Kinji Fukasaku on the Geisha culture and lifestyle.


  • Thegeishahouse
     Kinji Fukasaku
  • Writer: Kaneto Shindo
  • Producer: Takashi Kasuga, Noriko Koyanagi, Izumi Toyoshima
  • Cinematography: Daisaku Kimura
  • Release Date: January 15, 1999
  • Runtime: 113 min.
  • Distributor: Toei
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan


Set in the late 1950s, when geisha culture was threatened by moral crusades, it tells the story of Omacha (Miyamoto Maki), a young girl who sees the geisha life as a way to lift her poverty-stricken family from their hand-to-mouth existence. Through her eyes, we see the protocols and complex financial relationships which dictate the running of the geisha house.




  • Produced by:
    • Kinji Fukasaku - planner
    • Takashi Kasuga - producer
    • Noriko Koyanagi - producer
    • Masao Sato - planner
    • Izumi Toyoshima - producer
  • Art Direction: Yoshinobu Nishioka
  • Assistant Director: Kenta Fukasaku
  • Sound Department: Maiku Samata
  • Gaffer: Kiyoto Ando


  • In the scene where Tokiko watches the geiko dancing, the fusuma (screen) in the background is Irises, by Ogata Kōrin.

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