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Release Date:
4 June 1959 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Men were their prey! Beauty was their lure!
Plot:
The personal tales of various prostitutes who occupy a Japanese brothel. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Mizoguchi's final film, and his final masterpiece See more (17 total) »

Cast

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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
Kumeko Urabe ... Otane
Fujio Harumoto ... Aoki
Yosuke Irie ... Kadowaki Shuichi, Yumeko's son
Ken'ichi Miyajima ... Hanae's client
Toranosuke Ogawa ... Mickey's Father (cameo)
Kokuten Kôdô ... Kadowaki Keisaku, Yumeko's father-in-law (cameo) (as Kuninori Kôdô)
Eiko Miyoshi ... Kadowaki Saku, Yumeko's mother-in-law
Toshiyuki Obara
Joe Ohara
Shiroyuki Miyajima
Kyôsuke Shiho
Mitsuko Takesato
Sachiko Meguro

Directed by
Kenji Mizoguchi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Masashige Narusawa 
Yoshiko Shibaki  novel "Susaki no Onna"

Produced by
Masaichi Nagata .... producer
 
Original Music by
Toshirô Mayuzumi 
 
Cinematography by
Kazuo Miyagawa 
 
Film Editing by
Kanji Suganuma  (as Kanji Sugawara)
 
Production Design by
Hisao Ichikawa 
Hiroshi Mizutani 
 
Set Decoration by
Shigeharu Onda 
 
Costume Design by
Tsugio Tôgô 
 
Makeup Department
Noboru Ishizaka .... key hair stylist
Umeka Shinozaki .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Keiichi Sakane .... executive in charge of production
Hiromitsu Ôoka .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yasuzô Masumura .... assistant director
Bainari Nakamura .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Taijirô Gotô .... assistant art director (as Taijiro Goto)
Kiichi Ishizaki .... set designer
Ichirô Kanda .... props
Tarô Kawahara .... background artist
 
Sound Department
Katsutarô Hanaoka .... sound effects editor (as Katsujirô Hanaoka)
Mitsuo Hasegawa .... sound
Yasutarô Shimizu .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yukio Itô .... gaffer
Shôzô Kanaya .... decorative illumination (as Shôgo Kanaya)
Yoshitami Shigemori .... still photographer
Gentarô Takuma .... lighting technician
Shôzô Tanaka .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Ayako Irie .... archivist
Ôtei Kaneko .... title designer
Tomekichi Kumazawa .... movement director
Hiroaki Okumura .... stage manager
Otojirô Sakane .... garden
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Akasen chitai" - Japan (original title)
"Red Light District" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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Runtime:
87 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | UK:12 (2008) | UK:X (1958)

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Trivia:
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 »
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Mizoguchi's final film, and his final masterpiece, 28 May 2003
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Mizoguchi's swan song is one of his best, personally my second favorite film after Life of Oharu. This is the story of a group of modern day prostitutes in the red light district of Tokyo. Their sad stories are basic melodramas, but they are deeply affecting nonetheless. One is working to support her sick husband and their baby; they had planned to kill themselves until she found out she was pregnant. One went into the business to support a son who now rejects disowns her as his mother. One gets out of the business by marrying, but finds that marriage is even more demeaning than prostitution. One particularly clever one is manipulating a businessman to buy her way out of the place. Another ran away from home with an American G.I. and has begun to mimic Western attitudes and dress, which is a good selling point. Machiko Kyo is the standout as Mickey, the Westernized girl. She has the single best scene, where her father comes looking for her to bring her home. It's a stock scene, really, but Mizoguchi and Machiko Kyo turn it in a direction that I really didn't expect. I was liking the film a lot before this scene without loving it, but this bit blew me away – I loved every second thereafter. Scene after powerful scene lead up to one of the most amazing final shots in a film ever. Throughout the film, we are informed that politicians are trying to outlaw prostitution. In the film, it keeps failing. Due to this film that bill was finally passed.

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