Osaka Elegy

  • PG
  • Kenji Mizoguchi (1936)
  • Jpn
  • 68 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

Inspired by the sacrifices made by his own geisha sister, Kenji Mizoguchi's masterly drama marked the beginning of his longtime collaboration with screenwriter Yoshikata Yoda. Scrupulously avoiding sensationalism, it charts the descent into prostitution of a young telephonist, who becomes her boss's mistress in a bid to repay her embezzling father's debts and fund her brother's education. Mizoguchi regular Isuzu Yamada contributes a superb display of abused decency, but it's the director's astute visual sense that gives the picture its power, with the stylised realism of his claustrophobic compositions suggesting the exploitative repression of a corrupt patriarchal society.

Cast and crew

Cast

Ayako Murai
Isuzu Yamada
Junzo, Ayako's father
Seiichi Takegawa
Sachiko
Chiyoko Okura
Hiroshi
Shinpachiro Asaka
Sonosuke Asai
Benkei Shiganoya
Sumiko
Yoko Umemura
Susumu Nishimura
Kensaku Hara
Apartment maid
Shizuko Takizawa
Fujino
Eitaro Shindo

Crew

Director
Kenji Mizoguchi

Other Information

Language: 
Japanese
Black and White
Available on DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG

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