• Japan
  • 1936
  • 71 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  •  

A critical and popular triumph, Osaka Elegy established Mizoguchi as one of Japan’s major filmmakers. The director’s often-used leading actress Isuzu Yamada stars as Ayako, a switchboard operator trapped in a compromising, ruinous relationship with her boss to help support her wastrel father. With its fluid cinematography and deft storytelling, Osaka Elegy ushered in a new era of sound melodrama for Mizoguchi.

Cast

Ayako MuraiIsuzu Yamada
Sumiko AsaiYoko Umemura
Sachiko Murai Chiyoko Okura
Hiroshi MuraiShinhachiro Asaka
Sonosuke Asai Benkei Shiganoya
Yoshizo FujinoEitarô Shindô
Dr. YokoKunio Tamura
Junzo MuraiSeiichi Takegawa
InspectorTakashi Shimura

Credits

DirectorKenji Mizoguchi
ProducerMasaichi Nagata
Original storyKenji Mizoguchi
ScreenplayYoshikata Yoda
CinematographyMinoru Miki
EditingTatsuko Sakane
MusicKoichi Takagi

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