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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 brothel.

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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 ... 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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Men were their prey! Beauty was their lure! See more »

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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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,549
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Daiei Studios See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mizoguchi Explores the Darker Side of the Street
17 December 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

The personal tales of various prostitutes who occupy a Japanese brothel.

Okay, so the opening music is wild. And then for most of the film the music is very mellow or non-existent. What are we to make of this? I have no idea.

Criterion has put this film in their box set of Mizoguchi's "fallen women", appropriately enough. For over twenty years, he really captured women in questionable roles -- from adulteress to prostitute, and never did it in a way that exploited them or shamed them. He was honest and fair.

Some people like his early work better, some like the later stuff. This is his last film, and indeed the polished look is far different from his earliest attempts. Good or bad? Hard to say. One wonders if the war could change a man and his art...


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