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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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The Price of a Man's World
2 May 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Isuzu Yamada was sold to a brothel as a young girl and now works for a cruel and shady antiques dealer as a come-on in a deal. He is trying to swindle some monks, who need to rebuild their temple, out of some valuable statues. She has taken under her wing the very humble Daijirô Natsukawa, a would-be medical student. She wants him to be a great man and turns in her employers and pays for the boy's tuition.... but where is she to get money to let him complete his studies?

Kenji's Mizoguchi's film of a woman's dedication in an unthinking man's world is a slow and often harrowing movie, with many an elaborate set. It is very open in its attitudes towards its characters; Natsukawa is so humble, he is a wet rag; their employers are monsters; Nastukawa is an orphan with a blind grandmother to complete the air of pathos.

Mizoguchi uses camera movement in an interesting manner to mark the passage of the plot: the early scenes contain many pans, from one scene to the next, frequently zip cuts. As the movie progresses, however, the pans become slower, and cuts begin to dominate. It's just one of the techniques of silent movie-making that he would bring into the sound era.


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