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The Downfall of Osen (1934)

Orizuru Osen (original title)
In Tokyo, Osen is the servant girl of an unscrupulous antiques dealer, Kumazawa, who takes in the penniless Sokichi Hata. Kumazawa mistreats Sokichi and Osen, while swindling some Buddhist ... See full summary »

Director:

Kenji Mizoguchi

Writers:

Kyoka Izumi (author "Baishoku Kamonanban" - 1920), Tatsunosuke Takashima
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Isuzu Yamada ... Osen
Daijirô Natsukawa ... Sokichi Hata
Mitsusaburô Ramon Mitsusaburô Ramon ... Ukiki
Genichi Fuji Genichi Fuji ... Matsuda
Shin Shibata Shin Shibata ... Kumazawa
Mitsuru Tojo Mitsuru Tojo ... Amadani
Junichi Kitamura Junichi Kitamura ... Sakazuki no Heishiro
Shizuko Takizawa Shizuko Takizawa ... Osode
Itô. Sue Itô. Sue ... Sokichi's grandmother
Suisei Matsui Suisei Matsui ... Narrator
Eiji Nakano Eiji Nakano ... Professor
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In Tokyo, Osen is the servant girl of an unscrupulous antiques dealer, Kumazawa, who takes in the penniless Sokichi Hata. Kumazawa mistreats Sokichi and Osen, while swindling some Buddhist monks out of their temple treasures. When Kumazawa is arrested, Osen agrees to help Sokichi finance his dream of going to medical school. They live in a humble room, and eventually the only way Osen can find enough money for them is to prostitute herself during the day, without Sokichi knowing. Written by Will Gilbert

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Watch with a hot bowl of oyakodon, and then some rice crackers and a jar of sake (optional side of dried squid bits).
13 May 2011 | by Lovechef21See all my reviews

The story was a bit melodramatic, and kind of fluffy and sticky (yes, at the same time) for a modern audience (maybe 5/10), but some of the visuals and camera stuff are very gorgeous and beautiful (like 10/10). It'd be cool to just edit all those shots together with some nice traditional Japanese music or make some really great enka karaoke videos out of them. Standard Mizoguchi story stuff with the anti- prostitution/ downtrodden woman subject matter, but done much better in his bigger classics. For the right atmosphere, I would recommend you watch this movie with a hot bowl of oyakodon, and then some rice crackers and a jar of sake (optional side of dried squid bits).


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Country:

Japan

Language:

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Release Date:

20 May 1981 (USA) See more »

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Daiichi Eiga See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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