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Pale Flower (1964)

Kawaita hana (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime | 1 March 1964 (Japan)
A gangster gets released from prison and has to cope with the recent shifts of power between the gangs, while taking care of a thrill-seeking young woman, who got in bad company while gambling.

Director:

Masahiro Shinoda

Writers:

Shintarô Ishihara (based on the novel by), Masaru Baba (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryô Ikebe ... Muraki
Mariko Kaga ... Saeko
Takashi Fujiki Takashi Fujiki ... Yoh
Naoki Sugiura Naoki Sugiura ... Aikawa
Shin'ichirô Mikami Shin'ichirô Mikami ... Reiji
Isao Sasaki Isao Sasaki ... Jiro
Kôji Nakahara Kôji Nakahara ... Tamaki (as Koji Nakahara)
Chisako Hara Chisako Hara ... Yakuza's Lover
Seiji Miyaguchi ... Gang leader
Eijirô Tôno ... Gang Leader
Mikizo Hirata Mikizo Hirata ... Mizuguchi
Reizaburô Yamamoto
Kyû Sazanka Kyû Sazanka ... Imai
Hideo Kidokoro Hideo Kidokoro
Akio Tanaka Akio Tanaka ... Patron
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Just released from prison after serving three years for murdering a member of a rival gang, Maraki, a middle-aged yakuza, returns to his old haunts in Tokyo largely out of loyalties despite not much liking that life or himself in the process. Those old routines include assuming his place within the Funada gang, reconnecting with Shinko, his twenty-three year old girlfriend, who wants a commitment from him (something he probably isn't willing to give), she threatening to accept another marriage proposal otherwise despite her love for him, and gambling at his usual illegal card den despite he not often winning. Although at first glance he thinks nothing has changed in three years, there are some major changes, especially that the Funada gang has merged with that rival gang partly to maintain the peace. One other change is that an innocent looking, young, upscale woman, Saeko, she the only female, has started gambling at that same card den, that innocent look beyond the fact that she ... Written by Huggo

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Action | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 March 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Fiore secco See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Thoughtful hardboiled triumph
8 April 2004 | by goblinhairedguySee all my reviews

Film devotees have long realized that the "new wave" art cinema of Japan in the 60's was as innovative and profound as the revolutionary American and European product of the era. What is now becoming clear to fans in the West inured to Godzilla and Starman is that the little-seen Japanese genre pictures of the time were in many cases just as startling and artistic. "Pale Flower" is a case in point. It has the breathtaking luminous-white on inky-black lighting, the fragmented framing, and massive potential energy threatening to explode from the edges of the screen that so characterize the contemporaneous films of Seijun Suzuki (of "Branded to Kill" fame). But instead of that director's post-modern excesses, this film takes a somber, meditative tack, not unlike Beat Takeshi's recent "Sonatine", presenting a carefully-wrought, moody character study amid the expected thrills. The musical score, when it surfaces, is suitably avant-garde, and the frame is filled with rich detail and well-defined characters, like the crime boss obsessed with his dental health. A must-see for the adventurous film buff.


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