Street of Shame

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Time Out says

Mizoguchi's final film is a grim but profoundly moving study of a group of prostitutes in Tokyo's red light district. While they go about their daily business, there are constant references to the anti-prostitution legislation which Parliament is debating. As is made clear, merely passing a law won't save the women. For whatever reasons they became prostitutes (money-related in every case), they can never escape the judgment passed on them by the repressive, patriarchal society which shunned them in the first place. The settings are a far removed from the medieval landscapes of Ugetsu or The Life of Oharu, but Mizoguchi's focus on the plight of his women characters is as intent and heart-rending as ever.
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Release details

UK release:

1956

Duration:

96 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Kenji Mizoguchi

Cast:

Aiko Mimasu, Ayako Wakao, Machiko Kyo, Michiyo Kogure

Music:

Toshiro Mayuzumi

Art Director:

Hiroshi Mizutani

Editor:

Kanji Sugawara

Cinematography:

Kazuo Miyagawa

Screenwriter:

Masashige Narusawa

Producer:

Masaichi Nagata

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