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Pale Flower -- In this cool, seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave, a yakuza, fresh out of prison, becomes entangled with a beautiful and enigmatic gambling addict; what at first seems a redemptive relationship ends up leading him further down the criminal path.


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Release Date:
1 March 1964 (Japan) See more »
Muraki, a hardboiled Yakuza gangster, has just been released from prison after serving a sentence for murder... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Blu-Ray Review: Subtle Beauty of Somber ‘Pale Flower’
 (From 24 May 2011, 8:33 AM, PDT)

Ryo Ikebe, 1918 - 2010
 (From MUBI. 13 October 2010, 9:48 AM, PDT)

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  (in credits order)
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
Kyû Sazanka ... Imai
Naoki Sugiura ... Aikawa
Muga Takewaki ... Singer
Isao Tamagawa
Akio Tanaka ... Patron
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Directed by
Masahiro Shinoda 
Writing credits
Shintarô Ishihara (based on the novel by)

Masaru Baba (screenplay) &
Masahiro Shinoda (screenplay)

Produced by
Shigeru Iwatsuki .... producer
Masao Shirai .... producer
Original Music by
Yuji Takahashi 
Tôru Takemitsu 
Cinematography by
Masao Kosugi 
Film Editing by
Yoshi Sugihara 
Art Direction by
Shigemasa Toda 
Sound Department
Hideo Nishizaki .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Akira Aomatsu .... gaffer

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Also Known As:
"Kawaita hana" - Japan (original title)
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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The king of super-cool, 9 May 2009
Author: Elliot James from Miami

Ryo Ikebe is perfect as the super-cool, sharply dressed ex-con who willingly seals his own fate despite his obvious intelligence and powers of perception. His body language is crisp and economical and his life experience is etched into his face. He is the Japanese doppleganger of the under-appreciated (except by Tarrantino) American actor Robert Forster. This is actually worthy of a remake starring Forster but I heavily doubt if any filmmaker can recreate the style and panache that Mr. Shinoda injected into every shot of the astonishing cinematography. In an interview on the DVD extra, he says that nihilism was his main theme but it's a quiet, shadow-covered nihilism, not explosive and bombastic. There are very few scenes of violence; action is not the show here. The heart of the film is the undefinable relationship between the adrenaline-loving rich girl and the yakuza hit man. Shinoda likens his position in life as the embodiment of post-war Japan caught between the Soviet Union and the USA. The climactic hit is brilliantly choreographed, shot and scored. Certain elements of Pale Flower evoked memories of The Face of Another, a totally different type of film that also explored the existential subjects of solitude, isolation and alienation.

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