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28 February 1979 (USA) See more »
A mistress of a drug dealer in post-war Japan is shocked when she discovers that he is having an affair with her sister. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
Minpei 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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Life In Post-War Osaka, 6 June 2009
Author: crossbow0106 from United States

Mizoguchi is never subtle in his films. His films would work better in black and white even if color was the norm in Japan. In this film the great Kinuyo Tanaka, who has starred in other Mizoguchi films, is Fusako, a war widow who also buried a son who has to become a prostitute to live. Her sister Naksuko, played by Sanae Takasuga and their sister in law Kumiko (Tomie Tsunoda) also become ones also. Osaka is depicted as being full of prostitutes, and that could have very well been accurate at the time. Mizoguchi, fascinated in many of his films with the downtrodden, does his usual superior job but the film really is essential due to the acting of Kinuyo Tanaka and Sanae Takasuga. They bring a realistic, grim situation to live. Of course, this film is not a happy one, but if you can take that, this is another near masterpiece of Kenji Mizoguchi.

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