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31 January 1979 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Isuzu Yamada ... Ayako Murai
Seiichi Takegawa ... Junzo Murai
Chiyoko Ôkura ... Sachiko Murai
Shinpachirô Asaka ... Hiroshi Murai
Benkei Shiganoya ... Sonosuke Asai

Yôko Umemura ... 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

Takashi Shimura ... Inspector
Mitsuzo Tachibana ... Famizaburo Matsushita
Kiyoko Ôkubo
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Directed by
Kenji Mizoguchi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tadashi Fujiwara  dialogue
Kenji Mizoguchi  story
Saburo Okada  story "Mieko"
Yoshikata Yoda  screenplay

Produced by
Masaichi Nagata .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kôichi Takagi 
 
Cinematography by
Minoru Miki 
 
Film Editing by
Tatsuko Sakane 
 
Sound Department
Hisashi Kase .... sound
Yasumi Mizuguchi .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tatsuro Horikoshi .... lighting technician
Kunitarô Yoneyama .... assistant cinematographer
 

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Also Known As:
"Naniwa erejî" - Japan (original title)
"Naniwa Elegy" - USA
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Runtime:
71 min | Argentina:90 min | USA:90 min | Japan:89 min
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Osaka Elegy, 9 December 2013
Author: emilyelizabeth1283 from Columbus, OH

There are so many interesting things going on in this film, and several of them surprised me. I loved Ayake (played by Isuzu Yamada) and the voices of the women in general. I couldn't help but contrast Ayake's headstrong will and fierceness to Yasujiro Ozu's Noriko in Tokyo Story (played by Setsuko Hara). Noriko was the perfect picture of traditional grace and dedication in a Japanese woman and she fit in perfectly with Ozu's straight lines and symmetrical framing. Ayake, on the other hand, is shadowed by an almost conspiratorial camera which cleverly spies on the fore and background simultaneously, and creeps behind walls and curtains to follow the characters and listen in on their conversations, amplifying the sense of daring and defiance of Ayake's character. The inventiveness of so many varying shots stole my attention more than anything else, though I also appreciated the quick and steady pacing of the story as it unfolded, predominantly led by Ayake.

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