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31 January 1979 (USA) See more »
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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

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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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Lamentations of a poet, 10 August 2001
Author: Aaron Sheley (asheley@usc.edu) from Los Angeles, CA

It was this film alone that drove me into an intense obsession with cinema. Mizoguchi is the great Japanese master, and Osaka Elegy reveals his genius. From his long take compositions that are taxed with complexity and tension, to his ambigious depictions of character, I felt like I had grown after I had seen this film. Notice the national allegory at the film's conclusion, a confused and lonely Japan. And his inconclusive final shot taken many years before the well known 400 Blows. The devastating melodrama is not undercut by any cinematic manipulation. I highly recommend this to any lover of the cinematic medium. Also, I am a sucker for self-reflexive Kabuki theater sequences...

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