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Osaka Elegy

Japan, 1936, 71mins, Cert.PG

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.

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