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Tôma Kitabayashi (story)
Mitsu Suyama (writer)
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Release Date:
1 June 1933 (Japan) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Michiko Oikawa ... Sunako Kurokawa
Yukiko Inoue ... Dora Kennel
Ureo Egawa ... Henry
Ranko Sawa ... Yôko Sheridan
Yumeko Aizome ... Masumi
Tatsuo Saitô ... Miura - a Painter
Yasuo Nanjo ... Harada - a Gentleman (as Yasuo Nanjô)

Directed by
Hiroshi Shimizu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tôma Kitabayashi  story
Mitsu Suyama  writer

Cinematography by
Tarô Sasaki 
Set Decoration by
Kotaro Inoue 
Costume Design by
Tetsuzô Shibata 
Makeup Department
Sueko Endô .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Isao Numanami .... assistant director
Tai Ogiwara .... assistant director
Yasushi Sasaki .... assistant director
Takeshi Sato .... assistant director
Art Department
Takashi Kanasu .... designs
Tarô Yahagi .... chief set constructor
Camera and Electrical Department
Seiji Nishiyama .... assistant photographer
Toshio Ubukata .... assistant photographer
Tatsumi Yoshimura .... set lighting
Saburô Yoshiyama .... assistant photographer
Other crew
Hidesaburô Fujioka .... title designer
Kiyomitsu Hinata .... text photography
Tetsu Kanamori .... stage manager
Toshimi Nassho .... film development

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Also Known As:
"Minato no nihonmusume" - Japan (original title)
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Hong Kong:72 min (Hong Kong International Film Festival) | USA:72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, 11 April 2009
Author: crossbow0106 from United States

I just watched this film and it is brilliant. The story is about two schoolgirls, Sunako (an amazing Michiko Oikawa) and Dora (Yukiko Inoue) who both like Henry, who drives a motorcycle. He spends time with Sunako, but then its found out Henry has been spending time with the somewhat vampish Yoko. Sunako confronts him, then her and violence is the result. Sunako flees and becomes a prostitute, while Dora marries Henry. Sunako comes back to Yokohama and meets her former friends Dora and Henry, and wants to get out of the world she has made for herself. This film is completely silent, no music track. It is available with English subtitles, being part of a recent domestic release by Criterion films. This film has elements of lust, love, betrayal, hopelessness and regret. It lasts almost 72 minutes, but for me it could have gone on for another forty minutes and I wouldn't have minded. The relationships of the characters are simply told and rather than many fade outs which the director Mr. Shimizu used in "Masseurs And The Woman" he favors tight editing here, with little camera tricks. The story may be simply told but it is fascinating. Michiko Oikawa is so good as Sunako, her expressions are perfect and how you feel about her changes often. I don't find it difficult to follow at all. It has elements of Kenji Mizoguchi's style, but it really is a great film. Buy the box set, even for just this film, though I liked the others in the set. In my opinion, this is the best one in the set and with so many films from Japan criminally lost, this is a grateful find. It really moved me.

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