IMDb > Osaka Elegy (1936)

Osaka Elegy (1936) More at IMDbPro »Naniwa erejî (original title)

Photos (See all 5 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.4/10   1,045 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 12% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Contact:
View company contact information for Osaka Elegy on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
31 January 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A young woman becomes a mistress of her boss in order to support her family. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
User Reviews:
Amazing Cinematography 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
 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Naniwa erejî" - Japan (original title)
"Naniwa Elegy" - USA
See more »
Runtime:
71 min | Argentina:90 min | USA:90 min | Japan:89 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:

Did You Know?

Movie Connections:

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Amazing Cinematography, 17 December 2013
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Ayako (Isuzu Yamada) 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.

Mizoguchi considered the film his first serious effort as a director, and while I am not familiar with his earlier work, I have to say this is the kind of film that leaves a mark. Either Mizoguchi or his cinematographer had an excellent awareness of the camera -- the door closing to block the camera early on in the film -- years ahead of its time.

The subject matter in general is impressive. I am not sure what the typical morality was in pre-war Japan, but to feature adultery and whatnot in the 1930s seems quite bold.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (13 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Osaka Elegy (1936)

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Head-On L'enfant Dial M for Murder La Chienne The Demon
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb Japan section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.