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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 Japanese brothel.

Director:

Kenji Mizoguchi
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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 Haruo Tanaka
Sadako Sawamura Sadako Sawamura ... Tatsuko Taya
Daisuke Katô 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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A true story of the personal and professional lives of the girls in a legal house of prostitution in Japan. See more »

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Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

4 June 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Street of Shame See more »

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Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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

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Brutal and Riveting
12 April 2008 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

A film centering on a brothel in post war Japan, this is the story of the "girls" and how their job affects the rest of their lives. Of course, you're going to get scenes of utter sadness, death and misery, but this film is also, in a few places, darkly comic. Even the musical score is disconcerting, it is avant garde, actually reminding me of Frank Zappa's more esoteric compositions. The individual actresses are amazing, they truly make you wonder, dislike and, in a few quite brilliant exchanges, feel for them. This last film of the great Mizoguchi is a classic, but its a classic that is not always easy to watch. If you think you could become upset about a gritty film about prostitution and the inherent anger, fears and disappointments surrounding it, I would not recommend it. Otherwise, although probably not meant to be Mizoguchi's last film (he passed away fairly young, leaving a stunning body of work), I think you will find this film brilliant & more than likely authentic. A triumph for a director who, in Kurosawa, Ozu and Naruse's time, deserves the accolades afforded to him.


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