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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)
Kokuten 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
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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)
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Runtime:
87 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | UK:12 (2008) | UK:X (1958)

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
ravishing, 5 March 2009
Author: christopher-underwood from Greenwich - London

Fabulous film making, a really enjoyable and moving film, oh so beautifully shot. Every wondrous frame is a sight to behold and Mr Mizoguchi certainly knew how to exploit the 4:3 academy ratio and as it says in my booklet, don't dare watch it stretched on a widescreen TV. Set in Tokyo's red-light district of the time and against the background of political attempts to have prostitution made illegal, as well as everything else it is a tantilising glimpse of the mid fifties streets. Poverty and hypocrisy, along with the real need to literally pull those punters in. Always ravishing to watch there are additionally some stand out scenes and the controversial ending works splendidly for me with the electronic music preventing it becoming 'sentimental' or 'overplayed' as suggested by Keiko I McDonald in her 1984 biography of the director.

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