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Osaka Elegy (1936)

Naniwa erejî (original title)
A young woman becomes a mistress of her boss in order to support her family.


Kenji Mizoguchi


Tadashi Fujiwara (dialogue), Kenji Mizoguchi (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Isuzu Yamada ... Ayako Murai
Seiichi Takegawa Seiichi Takegawa ... Junzo Murai
Chiyoko Ôkura Chiyoko Ôkura ... Sachiko Murai
Shinpachirô Asaka Shinpachirô Asaka ... Hiroshi Murai
Benkei Shiganoya Benkei Shiganoya ... Sonosuke Asai
Yôko Umemura Yôko Umemura ... Sumiko Asai
Kensaku Hara Kensaku Hara ... Susumu Nishimura
Shizuko Takizawa Shizuko Takizawa ... Mine Fukuda, the maid
Eitarô Shindô ... Yoshizo Fujino
Kunio Tamura Kunio Tamura ... Dr. Yoko
Takashi Shimura ... Inspector
Mitsuzo Tachibana Mitsuzo Tachibana ... Famizaburo Matsushita
Kasuke Koizumi Kasuke Koizumi
Kiyoko Ôkubo Kiyoko Ôkubo


Ayako becomes the mistress of her boss, Mr. Asai, so she can pay her father's debt, and prevent him from going to prison for embezzlement. She also sends money for her brother, Hiroshi, to pay his university tuition, but asks her father not to tell him that it is from her. She tricks Mr. Fujino into giving her money so that she can marry her boyfriend Nishimura, but Fujino calls in the police. Written by Will Gilbert

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Comedy | Drama


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Junzo Murai: You're a woman... Being taken to the police station... Getting thrown into jail... You've done shameful things. You ungrateful child!
Ayako Murai: How could you say that? I never expected that I'd be treated like this when I came home. This is ridiculous! I thought you would welcome me with open arms. If I'd have known this, I never would have come back.
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Lamentations of a poet
10 August 2001 | by Gonzo-23See all my reviews

It was this film alone that drove me into an intense obsession with cinema. Mizoguchi is the great Japanese master, and Osaka Elegy reveals his genius. From his long take compositions that are taxed with complexity and tension, to his ambigious depictions of character, I felt like I had grown after I had seen this film. Notice the national allegory at the film's conclusion, a confused and lonely Japan. And his inconclusive final shot taken many years before the well known 400 Blows. The devastating melodrama is not undercut by any cinematic manipulation. I highly recommend this to any lover of the cinematic medium. Also, I am a sucker for self-reflexive Kabuki theater sequences...

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Release Date:

31 January 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Naniwa Elegy See more »

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Daiichi Eiga See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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