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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, 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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Forgettable
29 October 2014 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

So this is the third out of the four films in the "Kenji Mizoguchi's Fallen Women" Eclipse set, the four films being divided into two pre-war and two post-war features. Women of the Night falls in the latter group, however the print of the film is just as foggy as in Mizoguchi's '30s films. It actually has some neorealistic elements, like for example shooting on location (ruined streets of Osaka). By the way, 30 minutes have been cut from the film, making the editing a bit jumpy and ruining the plot.

Women of the Night was pretty tedious and mediocre for me. The message is just the regular, feminist/socially conscious idea found in many other Mizoguchi films (I guess you could call him a pre-cursor of the exploitation genre), but here it isn't treated as subtly or immersive as in Street of Shame (his final film). The message is too heavy-handed and the solid performances don't guarantee an engrossing film. In fact, I found myself bored by it and didn't even care to follow the plot.

This movie is very ordinary and conventional when observed within the limits of Mizoguchi's opus, but it has one neat oddity going for it: the final ten minutes set in a nightmarish burnt-out Catholic church. It's also an unusually harsh and brutal ending, even for Mizoguchi. So yeah, it's the only interesting thing this movie has going for it that other films of his don't. It almost single-handedly salvages the film from being 100% forgettable.

The cinematography is excellent as you could expect from Mizoguchi, but the musical score is pretty bad and melodramatic. Interestingly enough, the last scene is accompanied by a crappy, barely recognizable rendition of Beethoven's 5th symphony. Why, I can't tell you. One last thing: for 1948, this movie can be considered a bit risqué; sexual relations, periods and abortions are discussed almost casually. That would never fly in the West at the time.

6,5/10


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