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Osaka Elegy

Japan, 1936, 71mins, Cert.PG
Showtimes and location

Film description

Set in the modern metropolis of 1930s Osaka, this dark urban tale provides an unflinching critique of a patriarchal society, still gripped by traditional values. The film features a powerful performance from Isuzu Yamada as Ayako, a telephone operator who becomes the mistress of her boss in order to pay her father’s drinking debts. Editor Tazuko Sakane collaborated with Kenji Mizoguchi on many films, and would go on to become Japan’s first and only female director in the pre-war period. Here, Tazuko’s precise editing combines with fluid cinematography to create a bold and striking masterpiece.

Showing as part of Leeds International Film Festival

With over 300 screenings held across 16 days, one of the UK's biggest film festivals returns for its 33rd year!
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Showing at

Hyde Park Picture House

Venue details


73 Brudenell Road, Leeds LS6 1JD, UK
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Access info

The Picture House has two small steps at the main entrance. Step-free access to the auditorium and foyer is possible via a side entrance. Unfortunately none of the Picture House's toilets are accessible and both via a flight of stairs. The cinema has three wheelchair spaces – to reserve one of these, please select the 'wheelchair space' ticket during checkout.

Refreshment info

The Picture House offers a range of hot and cold drinks, including beers and wines, alongside popcorn, sweets, ice creams (Northern Bloc) and vegan cakes (That Old Chestnut).


All scheduled screenings have now passed.