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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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Director:
Writers:
Shintarô Ishihara (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
1 March 1964 (Japan) See more »
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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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(2 articles)
Blu-Ray Review: Subtle Beauty of Somber ‘Pale Flower’
 (From HollywoodChicago.com. 24 May 2011, 8:33 AM, PDT)

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

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Cast

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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
Masayuki Nakajima .... assistant producer
Toshio Shimizu .... assistant producer
Masao Shirai .... producer
Shigeru Wakatsuki .... producer
 
Original Music by
Yûji Takahashi 
Tôru Takemitsu 
 
Cinematography by
Masao Kosugi 
 
Film Editing by
Yoshi Sugihara 
 
Art Direction by
Shigemasa Toda 
 
Set Decoration by
Hatsuo Kojima 
 
Makeup Department
Yoshiko Nawa .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Hideo Kishida .... executive in charge of production
Masashi Ueno .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ichirô Mizunuma .... first assistant director
Nariyuki Yamane .... assistant director
Gô Yoshida .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Saburo Abe .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Hideo Nishizaki .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Akira Aomatsu .... gaffer
Takao Kajihara .... still photographer
Noboru Shiiba .... lighting technician
Akio Shinozaki .... assistant camera
Atsuyuki Yagi .... lighting technician
 

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Also Known As:
"Kawaita hana" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
96 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Great film!, 8 February 2005
Author: jacksrevenge2000 from United States

'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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