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Street of Shame (1956)
"Akasen chitai" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  4 June 1959 (USA)
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The personal tales of various prostitutes who occupy a Japanese brothel.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Machiko Kyô ...
Mickey
Ayako Wakao ...
Yasumi
Michiyo Kogure ...
Hanae
Aiko Mimasu ...
Yumeko
Kenji Sugawara ...
Eiko
Yasuko Kawakami ...
Shizuko
Eitarô Shindô ...
Kurazô Taya
Bontarô Miake ...
Nightwatchman
Haruo Tanaka
Sadako Sawamura ...
Tatsuko Taya
Daisuke Katô ...
President of Brothel Owners' Association
Hisao Toake ...
Shiomi
Jun Tatara ...
Yumeko's client
Osamu Maruyama ...
Sato Yasukichi
Hiroko Machida ...
Yorie
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Five prostitutes work at Dreamland, in Tokyo's Yoshiwara district. As the Diet considers a ban on prostitution, the women's daily dramas play out. Each has dreams and motivations. Hanae is married, her husband unemployed; they have a young child. Yumeko, a widow, uses her earnings to raise and support her son, who's now old enough to work and care for her. The aging Yorie has a man who wants to marry her. Yasumi saves money diligently to pay her debt and get out; she also has a suitor who wants to marry her, but she has other plans for him. Mickey seems the most devil-may-care, until her father comes from Kobe to bring her news of her family and ask her to come home. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Men were their prey! Beauty was their lure!

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Simply Excellent Filmmaking!!!
30 January 2011 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Akasen chitai/Street of Shame (1956) is a brilliant motion picture. Some might find the subject matter depressing and this could be why this film is largely neglected but this film is a master-class in screen-writing, direction and ensemble acting.

The story is deceptively simple. It tells the story of a group of prostitutes working in a red light district of Tokyo. Each prostitute character has a moment where they become the heart of the story.

The superb ensemble cast includes Machiko Kyō as a streetwise hooker called Mickey. Machiko Kyō is a revelation in the part as she is so different from the characters she may be most famous for.

The direction by Mizoguchi is simply excellent. This is Kenji Mizoguchi's last film and the world he recreates in Akasen chitai/Street of Shame could only have come from some experience in those red light dream factories.

For 1956 this film is ahead of it's time and it is a far more honest and gritty study of prostitution than anything produced by film studios in the West at this time.


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