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Yoru no onnatachi (1948)

 -  Drama  -  28 February 1979 (USA)
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A mistress of a drug dealer in post-war Japan is shocked when she discovers that he is having an affair with her sister.

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Fusako Owada
Sanae Takasugi ...
Natsuko Kimijima
Tomie Tsunoda ...
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Mitsuo Nagata ...
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Fusako Maki
Kikue Môri
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Fusako Owada, a young woman in postwar Japan, is the mistress of a notorious drug dealer. Fusako's tenuous grasp on meaningful life is shaken when she learns that her lover is having an affair with her sister. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Mizoguchi Explores the Darker Side of Being a Mistress
23 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fusako Owada, a young woman in postwar Japan, is the mistress of a notorious drug dealer. Fusako's tenuous grasp on meaningful life is shaken when she learns that her lover is having an affair with her sister.

This film is generally dismissed as one of Mizoguchi's "lesser" films, and has been called a "good melodrama" -- something of a backhanded compliment. I like to think it was a bit more than that.

Aside from the drug aspect and the sister relationship, just the mistress status alone is worth examining. This is a very emotional part, as can be seen when the secretary asks if her boss really likes her. He gives a response along the lines of "I will try to be more affectionate." She is craving real love, and he is only acting the part...


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