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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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1 March 1964 (Japan)  »

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Thoughtful hardboiled triumph
8 April 2004 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

Film devotees have long realized that the "new wave" art cinema of Japan in the 60's was as innovative and profound as the revolutionary American and European product of the era. What is now becoming clear to fans in the West inured to Godzilla and Starman is that the little-seen Japanese genre pictures of the time were in many cases just as startling and artistic. "Pale Flower" is a case in point. It has the breathtaking luminous-white on inky-black lighting, the fragmented framing, and massive potential energy threatening to explode from the edges of the screen that so characterize the contemporaneous films of Seijun Suzuki (of "Branded to Kill" fame). But instead of that director's post-modern excesses, this film takes a somber, meditative tack, not unlike Beat Takeshi's recent "Sonatine", presenting a carefully-wrought, moody character study amid the expected thrills. The musical score, when it surfaces, is suitably avant-garde, and the frame is filled with rich detail and well-defined characters, like the crime boss obsessed with his dental health. A must-see for the adventurous film buff.


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