Osaka Elegy

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Mizoguchi's first collaboration with long-time screenwriting colleague Yoshikata Yoda tells of a company telephone operator who, out of a desire to help her impoverished father and student brother, embarks on an affair with her boss, with disastrous results. A tale of lecherous, exploitative businessmen, ungrateful families, and a feisty but self-sacrificing woman, with a savage sting in its tail, the film prefigures Mizoguchi's later work in its angry emphasis on double standards, its visual precision and its engaged but never preachy tone.

Release details

Duration: 71 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Screenwriter: Yoshikata Yoda
Cast: Isuzu Yamada
Seichi Takegawa
Chiyoko Okura
Shinpachiro Asaka
Benkei Shiganoya
Yoko Umemura
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