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Street of Shame (1956)

Akasen chitai (original title)
The personal tales of various prostitutes who occupy a Japanese brothel.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ayako Wakao ...
Aiko Mimasu ...
Kenji Sugawara ...
Yasuko Kawakami ...
Eitarô Shindô ...
Kurazô Taya
Bontarô Miake ...
Haruo Tanaka
Sadako Sawamura ...
Tatsuko Taya
Daisuke Katô ...
President of Brothel Owners' Association
Hisao Toake ...
Jun Tatara ...
Yumeko's client
Osamu Maruyama ...
Sato Yasukichi
Hiroko Machida ...


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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A true story of the personal and professional lives of the girls in a legal house of prostitution in Japan. See more »




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Release Date:

4 June 1959 (USA)  »

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Street of Shame  »

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1.37 : 1
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The film was so popular with Japanese audiences upon its initial release, and so poignant in its portrayal of the lives of prostitutes that when an anti-prostitution law was passed in Japan just a few months later, some said it was a catalyst. See more »


Referenced in Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (1975) See more »

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20 January 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Wonderful. This is another great film of Mizoguchi. Right after WWII, when Japan was so devastated, Many women have to work as prostitutes to survive and support their families. You can feel their pain working as prostitutes. Even now the same thing happens in some countries. Acting is very good especially Machiko Kyo who played "Mickey" is marvelous. I can't forget the words what Mickey said at the end "If you don't deceive others, You'll get deceived." We can still say the same thing can't you? You should see it.

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