Osaka Elegy

Osaka Elegy

Kenji Mizoguchi (1936)

68min
PG Certificate
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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 & Crew

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
Director Kenji Mizoguchi
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Language: Japanese Black and White Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay

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