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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
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 »
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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