Sisters of the Gion is a 1936 Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi and starring Isuzu Yamada.
Youtube has it online in 7 parts. part 1:
part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7
This is also available divided into 5 parts. The first section is here, and the others are linked from that page.
AMCTV and The New York Times each has an overview.