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28 February 1979 (USA) See more »
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Fusako Owada, a young woman in postwar Japan, is the mistress of a notorious drug dealer. Fusako's tenuous... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Kinuyo Tanaka ... Fusako Owada
Sanae Takasugi ... Natsuko Kimijima
Tomie Tsunoda ... Kumiko Owada
Mitsuo Nagata ... Kenzô Kuriyama
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroshi Aoyama
Fusako Maki
Kikue Môri
Sadako Sawamura
Ken Tanaka
Mimpei Tomimoto
Kumeko Urabe ... brothel-keeper

Directed by
Kenji Mizoguchi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eijirô Hisaita  novel "Joseimatsuri"
Yoshikata Yoda  story

Produced by
Hisao Itoya .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hisato Osawa 
 
Cinematography by
Kôhei Sugiyama 
 
Film Editing by
Tatsuko Sakane 
 
Production Design by
Hiroshi Mizutani 
 

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Also Known As:
"Women of the Night" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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75 min
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Mizoguchi Explores the Darker Side of Being a Mistress, 23 December 2013
Author: gavin6942 from United States

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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