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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.

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Credited cast:
... Ayako Murai
Seiichi Takegawa ... Junzo Murai
Chiyoko Ôkura ... Sachiko Murai
Shinpachirô Asaka ... Hiroshi Murai
Benkei Shiganoya ... Sonosuke Asai
Yôko Umemura ... Sumiko Asai
Kensaku Hara ... Susumu Nishimura
Shizuko Takizawa ... Mine Fukuda, the maid
... Yoshizo Fujino
Kunio Tamura ... Dr. Yoko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kasuke Koizumi
... Inspector
Mitsuzo Tachibana ... Famizaburo Matsushita
Kiyoko Ôkubo
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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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31 January 1979 (USA)  »

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Naniwa Elegy  »

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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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1936 Japanese War Noir
27 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

"Osaka Elegy" (Japanese, 1936): Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. This is one of his earliest films. Japan was in the throes of a cultural turmoil. They were busy invading China, and feeling the schizophrenia of traditional vs modern society. This story is about a decent young woman, who, when familial pressure is applied, does anything necessary to pay the bills of a pathetic father, a self-centered brother, and a confused, naïve sister, and, a keep an abusive boss "happy". As we might expect (now), her road darkens as everyone demands more and more, gives back less and less, and shuns her for doing what they suggested and made their advantage. Expect a noir-ish look to the film, with spare traditional home sets and costuming, contrasted with high style business/commercial sets and costuming.


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