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Pale Flower (1964)
"Kawaita hana" (original title)

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Muraki, a hardboiled Yakuza gangster, has just been released from prison after serving a sentence for murder. Revisiting his old gambling haunts, he meets Saeko, a striking young ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ryô Ikebe ...
Muraki
Mariko Kaga ...
Saeko
Takashi Fujiki ...
Yoh
Chisako Hara ...
Yakuza's lover
Eijirô Tôno ...
Gang leader
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Gang leader
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mikizo Hirata ...
Mizuguchi
Keiko Kuni ...
Waitress
Sôhei Kurata ...
Hayakawa
Shin'ichirô Mikami ...
Reiji
Hiroshi Mizushima
Shin'ya Mizushima ...
Sabu
Koji Nakahara ...
Tamaki
Tomoko Saitô ...
Geisha
Isao Sasaki ...
Jiro
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Muraki, a hardboiled Yakuza gangster, has just been released from prison after serving a sentence for murder. Revisiting his old gambling haunts, he meets Saeko, a striking young upper-class woman who is out seeking thrills, and whose presence adds spice to the staid masculine underworld rituals. Muraki becomes her mentor while simultaneously coping with the shifts of power that have affected the gangs while he was interred. When he notices a rogue, drug-addicted young punk hanging around the gambling dens, he realizes that Saeko's insatiable lust for intense pleasures may be leading her to self-destruction. Written by goblinhairedguy

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Crime | Thriller

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1 March 1964 (Japan)  »

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Different type of yakuza movie
19 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most of the Asian gangster movies I have seen, promote the brotherhood and the comradery between members, like Young and Dangerous, or have denounced gangster activity, showing if as degrading and evil. This movie does neither. It instead shows how gangster life has both good and bad; however in the end proves to be a pointless cause. The main character, is just released from jail, and immediately reunites with his own yakuza. His life is changed when he meets Saeko, a young woman who is addicted to high stakes life of the yakuza. Together they journey through a city and time, where everything is changing constantly; yet in the end, it becomes apparent that none of these things really matter. This movie is really good. I recommend it.


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