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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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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)
Kuninori Kôdô ... Kadowaki Keisaku, Yumeko's father-in-law (cameo)
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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Simply Excellent Filmmaking!!!, 30 January 2011
Author: njmollo from London

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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