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Release Date:
20 April 1964 (USA) See more »
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The tale of a 17th century samurai's daughter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Kinuyo Tanaka ... Oharu
Tsukie Matsuura ... Tomo, Oharu's Mother
Ichirô Sugai ... Shinzaemon, Oharu's Father

Toshirô Mifune ... Katsunosuke
Toshiaki Konoe ... Lord Harutaka Matsudaira
Kiyoko Tsuji ... Landlady
Hisako Yamane ... Lady Matsudaira
Jûkichi Uno ... Yakichi Ogiya
Eitarô Shindô ... Kahe Sasaya
Akira Ôizumi ... Fumikichi, Sasaya's Friend
Kyôko Kusajima ... Sodegaki
Masao Shimizu ... Kikuoji
Daisuke Katô ... Tasaburo Hishiya
Toranosuke Ogawa ... Yoshioka
Hiroshi Oizumi ... Manager Bunkichi
Haruyo Ichikawa ... Lady-in-waiting Iwabashi
Yuriko Hamada ... Otsubone Yoshioka
Noriko Sengoku ... Lady-in-waiting Sakurai
Sadako Sawamura ... Owasa
Masao Mishima ... Taisaburo Hishiya
Eijirô Yanagi ... Forger
Chieko Higashiyama ... Myokai, the Old Nun

Takashi Shimura ... Old Man
Benkei Shiganoya ... Jihei

Directed by
Kenji Mizoguchi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Saikaku Ihara  novel "Koshuku Ichidai Onna"
Kenji Mizoguchi 
Yoshikata Yoda 

Produced by
Hideo Koi .... producer
Kenji Mizoguchi .... producer
Isamu Yoshiji .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ichirô Saitô 
 
Cinematography by
Yoshimi Hirano 
Yoshimi Kono 
 
Film Editing by
Toshio Gotô 
 
Production Design by
Hiroshi Mizutani 
 
Other crew
Isamu Yoshi .... historical consultant
 
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Also Known As:
"Saikaku ichidai onna" - Japan (original title)
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148 min | USA:133 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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This film, which was director Kenji Mizoguchi's dream project, was severely under-financed, and the production was forced to use a warehouse instead of a regular sound stage. This warehouse happened to be located near railways, and each time a train passed by, they had to stop shooting, which made the shooting of the film even more difficult with the director's obsessive use of long, continuous, uninterrupted takes. The same warehouse was also used for Josef Von Sternberg's film 'The Saga of Anatahan'.See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
dignity in disgrace, 24 December 2011
Author: CountZero313 from Japan

Mizoguchi's empathy for female characters is legendary. The Life of Oharu is one outstanding example. One woman's journey from member of the imperial court to elderly streetwalker is narrated in exquisite, shimmering, painful style. Oharu (Kinuyo Tanaka) is seduced by a man below her station. Her crime is to love the man back unreservedly. That action becomes the catalyst for a series of degradations punctuated by false dawns, as Oharu's life spirals to rock bottom. And as bleak and depressing as that sounds, Mizoguchi's storytelling, combined with Tanaka's dignified portrayal, make this film cathartic, a tragedy with a small, life-affirming message at its heart. It is a cautionary tale to the follies of social mores, and the burden that women through the ages have to endure. More than that, it is a tale of one woman's dignity through the most humiliating of circumstances. Stunning.

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