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White Beast (1950)
"Shiroi yajû" (original title)

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Mitsuko Miura
Kimiko Iino
Chieko Nakakita
Mayuri Mokushô ...
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Noriko Sengoku
Masao Shimizu
Tatsuya Ishiguro
Taizô Fukami
Fujio Nagahama
Tanie Kitabayashi
Yûko Matsui
Yaeko Izumo
Tsuruko Mano
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Quite Impressive
25 July 2013 | by (Amarillo, Texas) – See all my reviews

In the aftermath of World War II, Japan had been completely devastated. Their economy was in ruins and that resulted in high unemployment, hunger and disease. To make ends meet some women had to resort to prostitution simply to survive. This was frowned upon in Japanese society and those caught were sent to prison. But there was one particular rehabilitation center known as the "White Lily" which took in a small number of prostitutes and tried to give them a new set of skills and a more wholesome outlook. As it so happens, a young woman named "Yukawa" is sent to this rehabilitation center but unlike the other inmates she has no feelings of shame or remorse. She also refuses to accept anybody else's view of morality. Additionally, some of the other women take an immediate dislike to her because she comes from a higher class than they do. While they are obedient (for the most part) she is rebellious and shows disdain for the rules. Now, while this film shares many common traits with other "Women in Prison" (WIP) movies, what I like about it is the way it portrays Japanese society during this particular time in history. And while the fact that this is an older movie filmed in black and white and entirely in Japanese (with English subtitles) might turn off some viewers, I think that those who are familiar with most movies made during this time will probably find this one to their liking. Personally, I found this movie to be quite impressive and have rated it accordingly. Above average.


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