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Street of Shame (1956)

Akasen chitai (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 4 June 1959 (USA)
The personal tales of various prostitutes who occupy a brothel.

Director:

Kenji Mizoguchi
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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Machiko Kyô ... Mickey
Ayako Wakao ... Yasumi
Michiyo Kogure ... Hanae
Aiko Mimasu Aiko Mimasu ... Yumeko
Kenji Sugawara Kenji Sugawara ... Eiko
Yasuko Kawakami Yasuko Kawakami ... Shizuko
Eitarô Shindô ... Kurazô Taya
Bontarô Miake Bontarô Miake ... Nightwatchman
Haruo Tanaka
Sadako Sawamura ... Tatsuko Taya
Daisuke Katô ... President of Brothel Owners' Association
Hisao Toake Hisao Toake ... Shiomi
Jun Tatara Jun Tatara ... Yumeko's client
Osamu Maruyama Osamu Maruyama ... Sato Yasukichi
Hiroko Machida Hiroko Machida ... Yorie
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Storyline

Five prostitutes work at Dreamland, in Tokyo's Yoshiwara district. As the Diet considers a ban on prostitution, the women's daily dramas play out. Each has dreams and motivations. Hanae is married, her husband unemployed; they have a young child. Yumeko, a widow, uses her earnings to raise and support her son, who's now old enough to work and care for her. The aging Yorie has a man who wants to marry her. Yasumi saves money diligently to pay her debt and get out; she also has a suitor who wants to marry her, but she has other plans for him. Mickey seems the most devil-may-care, until her father comes from Kobe to bring her news of her family and ask her to come home. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Men were their prey! Beauty was their lure! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film was so popular with Japanese audiences upon its initial release, and so poignant in its portrayal of the lives of prostitutes that when an anti-prostitution law was passed in Japan just a few months later, some said it was a catalyst. See more »

Connections

Remade as Street of Joy (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Manshû Musume (aka: Manchurian girl)
Composed by Tetsuo Suzuki
Sung by Aiko Mimasu
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a gorgeous street of shame
13 April 2002 | by treddySee all my reviews

a remarkable coup de grace to mark the end of a remarkable film career. here mizoguchi deals once more with a theme that dominated the length of his film career, prostitution and its effects, exploited on one side of society, shamed through the eyes of another (interesting here is how the family, for example, operates both as exploiter and as judge of these women in mizoguchi's vision). interestingly melodramatic while never losing even a momentary grip on its naturalistic intent, this film is a pure joy, intellectually and emotionally, to watch. the acting, on every side, in particular the five excellent women who play the modern-day geishas, is perfection. a must-see.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

4 June 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,549
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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