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Yoshiwara (1937)

The film is set in Yoshiwara, the red-light district of Tokyo, in the nineteenth century. It depicts a love triangle between a high-class prostitute, a Russian naval officer and a rickshaw man.

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(as Max Ophuls)

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Complete credited cast:
Pierre Richard-Willm ...
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Michiko Tanaka ...
Roland Toutain ...
Lucienne Le Marchand ...
Namo (as Lucienne Lemarchand)
André Gabriello ...
(as Gabriello)
Camille Bert ...
Foun-Sen ...
Une geisha (as Foon Sen)
Philippe Richard ...
Ky Duyen ...
Georges Saillard ...
Le médecin (as Saillard)
Henry Bonvallet ...
(as Bonvallet)
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Linh-Nam ...
(as My-Linh-Nahm)
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The film is set in Yoshiwara, the red-light district of Tokyo, in the nineteenth century. It depicts a love triangle between a high-class prostitute, a Russian naval officer and a rickshaw man.

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23 June 1937 (France)  »

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Jošivara  »

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(RCA Photophone)

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1.37 : 1
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Geisha blues
11 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

Although Max Ophuls' works of that era are not highly praised ("Werther" "Sans Lendemain" "De Mayerling A Sarajevo") ,they nevertheless bear the stamp of the director.These are all romantic stories with doomed lovers,be they fictitious (the two first movies) or historic (the latter)."Yoshiwara " was made in the studio and reportedly in the Japanese Garden of the Porte de Saint-Cloud in Paris(it was first intended to be filmed in Japan),and the lack of means is obvious.

Rather listless in its first part ,this story of love between a geisha and a Russian lieutenant features at least a great scene in the second one: "the night at the opera" .There is a similar scene in "letters from an unknown woman" when the lovers pretend they are traveling on a magic train.Another equivalent is Edwige Feuillère's pilgrimage at the ski resort in "Sans Lendemain".

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