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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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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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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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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Thoughtful hardboiled triumph, 8 April 2004
Author: goblinhairedguy from Montreal

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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