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Yoshiwara (1937)

The film is set in Yoshiwara, the red-light district of Tokyo, in the nineteenth century. It depicts a love triangle between a high-class prostitute, a Russian naval officer and a rickshaw man.

Director:

Max Ophüls (as Max Ophuls)

Writers:

Maurice Dekobra (novel), Arnold Lipp (adaptation) (as A. Lipp) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pierre Richard-Willm ... Le lieutenant Serge Polenoff
Sessue Hayakawa ... Ysamo, Kuli
Michiko Tanaka Michiko Tanaka ... Kohana
Roland Toutain ... Pawlik
Lucienne Le Marchand Lucienne Le Marchand ... Namo (as Lucienne Lemarchand)
André Gabriello André Gabriello ... (as Gabriello)
Camille Bert Camille Bert ... Le commandant
Foun-Sen Foun-Sen ... Une geisha (as Foon Sen)
Philippe Richard ... L'attaché russe
Ky Duyen Ky Duyen ... L'agent secret
Georges Saillard Georges Saillard ... Le médecin (as Saillard)
Henry Bonvallet Henry Bonvallet ... (as Bonvallet)
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Linh-Nam Linh-Nam ... (as My-Linh-Nahm)
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The film is set in Yoshiwara, the red-light district of Tokyo, in the nineteenth century. It depicts a love triangle between a high-class prostitute, a Russian naval officer and a rickshaw man.

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Drama | Romance

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Having been misinformed on how much French Sessue Hayakawa spoke, the director had to drastically rewrite the script and trim much of the actor's dialogue so his role would work. See more »

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Geisha blues
11 August 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Although Max Ophuls' works of that era are not highly praised ("Werther" "Sans Lendemain" "De Mayerling A Sarajevo") ,they nevertheless bear the stamp of the director.These are all romantic stories with doomed lovers,be they fictitious (the two first movies) or historic (the latter)."Yoshiwara " was made in the studio and reportedly in the Japanese Garden of the Porte de Saint-Cloud in Paris(it was first intended to be filmed in Japan),and the lack of means is obvious.

Rather listless in its first part ,this story of love between a geisha and a Russian lieutenant features at least a great scene in the second one: "the night at the opera" .There is a similar scene in "letters from an unknown woman" when the lovers pretend they are traveling on a magic train.Another equivalent is Edwige Feuillère's pilgrimage at the ski resort in "Sans Lendemain".

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Country:

France

Language:

Russian | French

Release Date:

23 June 1937 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Jošivara See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films Excelsior See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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