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Osaka Elegy (1936)
"Naniwa erejî" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  31 January 1979 (USA)
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Ayako becomes the mistress of her boss, Mr. Asai, so she can pay her father's debt, and prevent him from going to prison for embezzlement. She also sends money to her brother Hiroshi to pay... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Isuzu Yamada ...
Ayako Murai
Seiichi Takegawa ...
Junzo Murai
Chiyoko Ôkura ...
Sachiko Murai
Shinpachirô Asaka ...
Hiroshi Murai
Benkei Shiganoya ...
Sonosuke Asai
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Sumiko Asai
Kensaku Hara ...
Susumu Nishimura
Shizuko Takizawa ...
Mine Fukuda, the maid
Eitarô Shindô ...
Yoshizo Fujino
Kunio Tamura ...
Dr. Yoko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kasuke Koizumi
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Inspector
Mitsuzo Tachibana ...
Famizaburo Matsushita
Kiyoko Ôkubo
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Ayako becomes the mistress of her boss, Mr. Asai, so she can pay her father's debt, and prevent him from going to prison for embezzlement. She also sends money to her brother Hiroshi to pay his university tuition, but her father intercepts it. She tricks Mr. Fujino into giving her money so that she can marry her boyfriend Nishimura, but Fujino calls in the police. Written by Will Gilbert

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A Great Early Mizoguchi Film
31 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first film included in the Criterion Collewction's "Mizoguchi's Fallen Women", this is the story of Ayako (a pretty great Isuzu Yamada who, according to this website, is still wonderfully with us), who is a switchboard operator who needs 300 yen to prevent her father getting in major trouble. To get the money, she spends time with her boss. This is, of course, little more than being a companion. One of Mizoguchi's gifts as a director (he also wrote the story) is that in many of his films his characters were not sympathetic yet he does not wholly judge the. The key is, what would you do? The film could never be in color, it is a noirish, gray film. The story is compelling, the acting is uniformly good, with Ms. Yamada really standing out, and the direction is, of course, flawless. I've also seen "Sisters Of The Gion" and "Streets Of Shame" from this collection. Buy it! Mizoguchi was one of the giants of 20th century cinema from any country. This film is highly recommended.


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