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

 |  Drama  |  31 January 1979 (USA)
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A young woman becomes a mistress of her boss in order to support her family.

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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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Naniwa Elegy  »

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1936 Japanese War Noir
27 March 2007 | by (Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques, Norfolk, VA.) – See all my reviews

"Osaka Elegy" (Japanese, 1936): Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. This is one of his earliest films. Japan was in the throes of a cultural turmoil. They were busy invading China, and feeling the schizophrenia of traditional vs modern society. This story is about a decent young woman, who, when familial pressure is applied, does anything necessary to pay the bills of a pathetic father, a self-centered brother, and a confused, naïve sister, and, a keep an abusive boss "happy". As we might expect (now), her road darkens as everyone demands more and more, gives back less and less, and shuns her for doing what they suggested and made their advantage. Expect a noir-ish look to the film, with spare traditional home sets and costuming, contrasted with high style business/commercial sets and costuming.


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