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Orizuru Osen (1935)

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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Cast overview:
Isuzu Yamada ... Osen
Daijirô Natsukawa 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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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

20 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Downfall of Osen See more »

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Daiichi Eiga See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Pre-War Mizoguchi masterpiece
15 February 2003 | by max von meyerlingSee all my reviews

Pre-War Mizoguchi masterpiece, THE FALL OF OSAN was from an original also known as "DUCK AND NOODLE SOUP BOUGHT WITH THE EARNINGS OF A PROSTITUTE" which says about everything. Possibly the most Japanese film ever made, every movement redolent of internalized emotion, playing out to regret, guilt, sacrifice and immutable destiny. The opening and closing shots among the most powerful in cinema. If you don't feel a punch in the chest then you're dead.


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