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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
Misako Tominaga Misako Tominaga
Sachiko Itô Sachiko Itô
Kumeko Urabe
Zekô Nakamura Zekô Nakamura
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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The Question of Guilt
26 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Jitsuko Yoshimura's father cannot go fishing in his boat, so her mother sells her to a brothel. Her first customer is a wealthy sawmill owner, and she soon becomes a popular girl, with many regulars. One day she takes a new customer, who turns out to be the estranged son of the mill owner. Before he leaves for the army, he makes her promise not to sleep with his father. The old man will not be denied, and dies in her arms. Some time later, she is questioned by military intelligence about her relationship with the son. He had gone mad, attacked a Royal Guardsman, and been killed.

Miss Yoshimura becomes the talk of the town; apparently it is bad luck to sleep with a father and a son, and she gains a threatening reputation, even though she thinks it nonsense. Then the sawmill owner's other son shows up.

It's a sad and eerie story about the Japanese culure and their attitudes toward women of pleasure and the inchoate animism that survives in the nation. In Miss Yoshimura, the film has an actress well suited for the part. She was a favorite actress for Shôhei Imamura, a director of weird and nasty stories about the lower classes. This is not an Imamura film, however. It was directed by Heinosuke Gosho, a respected workhorse director for Shochiku. He was born in 1902, and directed the first of his 99 movies in 1925; my favorite of the ones I have seen is THE DANCING GIRL OF IZU. He worked a lot in the Shomin-Geki genre, and although he was never considered as important as directors like Ozu or Naruse, he directed Japan's first sound film in 1931, the funny THE NEIGHBOR'S WIFE AND MINE. Over more than 40 years, he won many awards. In the 1950s, he won a special prize at the Berlin festival and was nominated for a Golden Lion at Venice twice. He retired in 1968 and died in 1981.


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