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Yôtô monogatari: hana no Yoshiwara hyakunin-giri (1960)

A successful textile industrialist from the provinces, who is beloved by his employees for his kindness, cannot find a wife because of a disfiguring birthmark on his face. Even the ... See full summary »

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Isao Kimura
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Noriko Aoba
Koji Arima ... Moshichi
... Jôsuke
Shinobu Chihara ... Yaegaki
Hideko Ezaki
Kogiku Hanayagi ... Iwahashi
Kensaku Hara
Kôtarô Hori
Juro Hoshi ... Seisuke
Chiezô Kataoka ... Sano Jiro
Eijirô Kataoka ... Haruroku
Hiroshi Katô
Ryû Kazu
Heisuke Kinami
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A successful textile industrialist from the provinces, who is beloved by his employees for his kindness, cannot find a wife because of a disfiguring birthmark on his face. Even the courtesans in Yoshiwara refuse to entertain him, until an indentured peasant prostitute, Tamarazu, takes the unsavoury assignment and treats him with brash tenderness.

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25 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw this when I lived in New York. It was wide-screen and cinemascope, and was shown at the Japan Society in a series. It was about a unscrupulous girl who marries a man with a birthmark and claws her way to the top. Every scene was just right, including the incredible finale. Although I tried to convince other movie buffs to go to the second screening, the prospect of a Saturday morning movie was just too much for them. I went, though. Sort of like Fritz Lang or Ophuls in Japan. Gorgeous. My first choice for what I'd love to show on video or DVD (in widescreen, of course).


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