In 1870's Tokyo, Den steals to support the daughter of her first marriage and her consumptive second husband. She falls in love with a young policeman, but is coerced into becoming the ... See full summary »
In 1870's Tokyo, Den steals to support the daughter of her first marriage and her consumptive second husband. She falls in love with a young policeman, but is coerced into becoming the mistress of and procurer for a vice boss. After the deaths of her second husband and daughter, Den moves to Yokohama. There she runs a casino for the vice boss. Her remorseful first husband and the disgraced policeman follow her. Den kills her former husband and the vice boss, but when she tries to escape with the casino takings, she's arrested and returned to Tokyo to stand trial. Written by
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This period melodrama portrays the descent of a basically caring person into a heartless, money-obsessed killer. The plot-heavy narrative is held together by Kazuko Wakasugi's passionate commitment to putting emotional flesh on the title character's bones. She went on to play the even more tragic Iwa in 'Tokaido Yotsuya kaidan'.
Director Nakagawa keeps things moving at a brisk enough pace to gloss over the story's improbabilities. Continuing to experiment with his visuals, he includes an unusually large number of high-angle shots, suggesting the powerlessness of the main characters.
Although not one of the director's best films, 'Dokufu' is still an above-average entry in its genre.
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