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An Innocent Witch (1965)

Osorezan no onna (original title)
| Drama | 1968 (Italy)
Oshima Ayako, a young woman in her teens, lives in a small, impoverished fishing village. Her father is too ill to work. As a result, her mother sells her to a nearby brothel. There she quickly is stripped of her innocence and illusions.

Director:

Heinosuke Gosho

Writers:

Hideo Horie, Hajime Ogawa (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jitsuko Yoshimura ... Ayako
Keizô Kawasaki Keizô Kawasaki
Taiji Tonoyama ... Yamasan, wealthy customer
Minori Terada Minori Terada
Eijirô Tôno ... Mountain shaman
Kin Sugai Kin Sugai
Chieko Nakakita Chieko Nakakita
Misako Tominaga Misako Tominaga
Sachiko Itô Sachiko Itô
Kumeko Urabe Kumeko Urabe
Zekô Nakamura Zekô Nakamura
Yoshio Yoshida Yoshio Yoshida
Kenzô Tabu Kenzô Tabu
Keijirô Morozumi Keijirô Morozumi
Fudeko Tanaka Fudeko Tanaka
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Oshima Ayako, a young woman in her teens, lives in a small, impoverished fishing village. Her father is too ill to work. As a result, her mother sells her to a nearby brothel. There she quickly is stripped of her innocence and illusions.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Woman of Osore Mountain See more »

Filming Locations:

Mutsu, Aomori, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Simple and Complex
23 January 2014 | by souvikmeetszeusSee all my reviews

My first film by Gosho, and I was expecting a soft social drama but this one ended up as a dark psychological tragedy. A very good film on formal levels and has an interesting story too. Ayako Oshima is a girl driven to prostitution by poverty and at her brothel, she gets involved in a dangerous death-web of fate with a father and his sons, and that slowly leads to an even greater tragedy. The film is melodramatic but fervently so, bringing into picture the extreme emotions raging within Ayako. The north Japan landscapes are beautifully shot and the confines of the brothel are well used to capture Ayako's self-discovery and eventful journey. The haunting soundtrack adds the correct flavor to the movie and the ending, even if it feels a bit staged, is intense and liberating. In fact, Jitsuko Yoshimura as Ayako is really good, effortlessly portraying the pain and despair of an accursed soul, and that factor really holds the movie together and makes the viewers feel her caged emotions. The movie overall has a classic Japanese feel, simple and universal, yet layered, and more of a witness to life than a judge.


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