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Josei no shôri (1946)

A socially committed film about the feudal state of many Japanese women in 1946. Hiroko Hosokawa, a female lawyer, defends Mrs. Asakura, who suffocated her child in her grief after her ... See full summary »

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Kenji Mizoguchi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Hiroko Hosokawa
Michiko Kuwano Michiko Kuwano ... Michiko
Mitsuko Miura Mitsuko Miura ... Moto Asakura
Shin Tokudaiji Shin Tokudaiji ... Keita Yamaoka
Kinuko Wakamizu Kinuko Wakamizu
Akiko Kazami Akiko Kazami ... Tokie Ishida
Shin'yô Nara Shin'yô Nara ... Judge
Kappei Matsumoto Kappei Matsumoto ... Prosecutor Shuichirô Kôno
Toyo Takahashi ... Setsu, Hiroko's mother (as Toyoko Takahashi)
Toshinosuke Nagao Toshinosuke Nagao ... Prosecutor Mizushima
Yôko Benisawa Yôko Benisawa ... Hisa, Moto's mother
Eiko Uchimura Eiko Uchimura ... Yukiko, Hiroko's younger sister
Katsumi Kubota Katsumi Kubota ... Doctor
Kuniko Igawa ... Nurse (as Toshiko Kôno)
Yoshino Tani Yoshino Tani ... Maid
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A socially committed film about the feudal state of many Japanese women in 1946. Hiroko Hosokawa, a female lawyer, defends Mrs. Asakura, who suffocated her child in her grief after her husband died penniless following an industrial accident. The prosecutor is Hiroko's sister's husband Kono, who also sent Hiroko's fiance, Yamaoka, to jail for his liberal views during the war. Yamaoka has just been freed, but is seriously ill from his time in prison. Written by Will Gilbert

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

18 April 1946 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Victory of Women See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First post-war film directed by Mizoguchi, it deals with themes of democracy and women rights, being much related thematically to Kurosawa's "No Regrets for Our Youth", from the same year. See more »

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Referenced in Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (1975) See more »

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Kenji Mizoguchi's one of the best works
8 June 2002 | by jaakkochanSee all my reviews

As a part of trilogy "Fighting Women" this movie is the best, I feel. Mizoguchi capture's person's heart with a cool and objective view, taking person closer to Japanese society and living. Mizoguchi's favorite actress Kinuyo Tanaka performs great as a strong minded Japanese female lawyer. "With the death of Mizoguchi, Japanese film lost its truest creator." -- Akira Kurosawa


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