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31 January 1979 (USA) See more »
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A young woman becomes a mistress of her boss in order to support her family. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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 (13 total) »

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

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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Featured in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) (TV)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., 31 July 2011
Author: treywillwest

An exceptional film in that it redefines that cinematic, to a degree literary, trope, the femme-fatal. In this film we watch from her perspective. Her transgressions seem themselves a kind of victimization. Not only is sexuality the only tool a woman is given to empower herself in society, but her dignity and her sexuality are therefor put in an antagonistic relation to each other. Sexuality and sincerity become mutually exclusive in the world Mizoguchi paints. The cinematography is magnificent. Everyone looks compromised. But the last shot lets us know which victim's compromise cuts the deepest and. A feminist work in the most profound sense.

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