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In 1948's Women of the Night, the filmmaker returns to Osaka to focus on Fusako (Kinuyo Tanaka), a poverty-stricken widow who rebuilds her life after the war, then loses it all when her boss and sister betray her. Though Natsuko (Sanae Takasugi) attempts to make it up to Fusako, the situation only worsens once rape, syphilis, and pregnancy enter the picture (the liner notes indicate that Mizoguchi later dismissed this tough-minded movie as "barbarous"). His final film, 1956s Street of Shame, centers on a Yoshiwara brothel that operates like any other retail establishment. The most painful strand concerns an aging courtesan facing an Oharu-like future. Overall, these women look like survivors rather than victims, but Mizoguchi leaves no doubt regarding his frustration with a social order that would create and punish such steely characters. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
The editions look as good as this source material is likey to look and sound.
Seamlessly blending location work in bombed-out Osaka with studio sets, the director tells three intertwined stories in a way that feels very modern.
Henji Mizoguchi's work is a study of how Japan treated women, and how they treated themselves, over a period of many years.
these are COMPLETE REPEAT COMPLETE films! contrary to the uninformed 2008 review by wm shriver above, there is NO time missing from any of these films. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Zangiku
I took a chance in buying this set and I would have to say I was not disappointed. All four of the films were well done. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jim Sitnik
I agree with the other reviews, that this is an amazing four film collection. This missing segments are short and not really important overall. Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by Christopher Barrett
Henji Mizoguchi's work is a study of how Japan treated women, and how they treated themselves, over a period of many years. Read morePublished on March 3, 2011 by Michael Valdivielso