Koto (1963) AKA Twin Sisters of Kyoto


Two twin girls are separated at birth. One grows up in a loving family. The other one doesn’t. They finally meet by complete accident on a town fair. No one ever told them about the other one so they begin familiarizing with each other.

Director: Noboru Nakamura. AKA 古都 / Twin Sisters of Kyoto.
Writers: Toshihide Gondo, Yasunari Kawabata (novel).
Stars: Shima Iwashita, Hiroyuki Nagato, Seiji Miyaguchi, Teruo Yoshida, Tamotsu Hayakawa, Eijirô Tôno, Yoshiko Nakamura, Michiyo Tamaki.

1964 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.


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  1. Vidor
    January 28, 2022

    Another Foreign Language Film nominee! Awesome.

  2. Paseante
    January 31, 2022

    Thank you very much! What a great actress Shima Iwashita was.
    Don’t you have Akane-Gumo (1967)?

    • Jon W.
      February 1, 2022

      I have it, this week I have a ton of movies to upload but will try to put it up next week 🙂

  3. Dennis Gierich
    February 1, 2022

    Based on the great novel by Nobel Prize laureate Yasunari Kawabata!

  4. Eric L
    February 2, 2022

    Thank you. Love Japanese films from that era. I have never seen this one. Will watch it tonight.

  5. October 8, 2022

    Very delicate, very subtle, very Japanese. A film about the reunion of separated sisters becomes a film about identity itself. There are no bad guys here (not even the shady general manager of the firm, who keeps two sets of books). There are only the suffering souls of two nice, well-meaning young ladies whose reunion gives them as much sorrow as joy. Iwashita is stunning: this is her youthful peak.

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