• Japan
  • 1948
  • 74 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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After World War II, Mizoguchi was inspired by Italian neorealism to make one of the most emotionally and visually raw films of his career. Filmed on location in Osaka, Women of the Night concerns two sisters—Fusako, a war widow, and Natsuko, having an affair with a narcotics smuggler—who along with their younger friend Kumiko descend into prostitution and moral chaos amid the postwar devastation surrounding them.

Cast

Fusako OwadaKinuyo Tanaka
Natsuko KimijimaSanae Takasugi
Kumiko OwadaTomie Tsunoda
Kenzo Kuriyama Mitsuo Nagata

Credits

DirectorKenji Mizoguchi
ProducerHisao Itoya
ScreenplayYoshikata Yoda
Based on the novel byEijiro Hisaita
CinematographyKohei Sugiyama
EditingTatsuko Sakane
MusicHisato Osawa
Art directionHiroshi Mizutani

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