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

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  1 March 1964 (Japan)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Ryô Ikebe ...
Muraki
Mariko Kaga ...
Saeko
Takashi Fujiki ...
Yoh
Naoki Sugiura ...
Aikawa
Shin'ichirô Mikami ...
Reiji
Isao Sasaki ...
Jiro
Koji Nakahara ...
Tamaki
Chisako Hara ...
Yakuza's Lover
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Gang leader
Eijirô Tôno ...
Gang Leader
Mikizo Hirata ...
Mizuguchi
Reizaburô Yamamoto
Kyû Sazanka ...
Imai
Hideo Kidokoro
Akio Tanaka ...
Patron
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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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Great film!
8 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Pale Flower' is a film that once again adds to the already rich archive of Japanese cinema. Shinoda (writer/director) put together a very impressive film, so smart and tightly constructed. His use of the camera and lighting to create the dark street world he was portraying was beautiful. Although limited by technology of that time, Shinoda was able to use what he had very well. When we think of film noir or gangster style films, a lot of cliché's come to mind, murder, loyalty, power, drugs, sex, etc. Shinoda takes all of these and wraps it into a detailed story that becomes representative of Japan and the political backdrop of the Cold War. Of course, the film was banned by the censor board. Filmmakers like Shinoda were a part of the 'New Wave' in Japan and 'Pale Flower' remains, like so many great films, timeless. Anyone who appreciates Japanese cinema must see this film!


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