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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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Shintarô Ishihara (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
1 March 1964 (Japan) See more »
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A gangster gets released from prison and has to cope with the recent shifts of power between the gangs, while taking care of a thrill-seeking young woman, who got in bad company while gambling. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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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96 min
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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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