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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.

Director:

Kenji Mizoguchi

Writers:

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

Credited cast:
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kasuke Koizumi Kasuke Koizumi
Takashi Shimura ... Inspector
Mitsuzo Tachibana Mitsuzo Tachibana ... Famizaburo Matsushita
Kiyoko Ôkubo Kiyoko Ôkubo
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

31 January 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Naniwa Elegy See more »

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Production Co:

Daiichi Eiga See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Superb darkly comedic drama
12 May 2012 | by bbrooks94See all my reviews

A truly magnificent drama film which follows the downward spiral of a young Japanese woman who is surrounded by uncaring and pathetic male figures, as she earns money for her debt ridden father and brother by becoming a mistress to the head of her company. It's not really tragic or emotionally sad, as you would expect it to be. In fact, the upbeat music towards the end and quirky nature of the lead female suggests it is a dark comedy. We are laughing with Ayako at the pathetic individuals who surround her, mostly men, and the unfair situation in which she has found herself. Either way, Mizoguchi presents us with the situation plainly, and teases out some brilliant performances from his cast along the way. Great stuff!


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