In medieval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.
|Release Date||:||March 31, 1954|
|Production Company||:||Daiei Studios|
|Director||:||Kenji Mizoguchi, Tokuzô Tanaka|
|Writers||:||Ogai Mori, Fuji Yahiro, Yoshikata Yoda|
|Casts||:||Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô, Akitake Kôno, Masao Shimizu, Ken Mitsuda, Kazukimi Okuni, Yôko Kosono, Noriko Tachibana, Ichirô Sugai, Teruko Omi, Chieko Naniwa, Kikue Môri, Ryôsuke Kagawa, Kanji Koshiba, Shinobu Araki, Reiko Kongo, Shôzô Nanbu, Ryônosuke Azuma, Sumao Ishihara, Yukio Horikita, Jun Fujikawa, Soji Shibata, Akira Shimizu, Midori Komatsu, Tokio Oki, Akira Shiga, Saburo Date|
|Plot Keywords||:||japan, courtesan, song, exile, banishment, governor, independent film, prostitution, compassion, decree, mercy|
The first time I saw this film was when I was in university. It impressed me greatly then. Watching it again recently invoked the same emotion - I was deeply saddened by the horrific acts one human can do to the other. And guess what, a century later the human race has not really advanced that much in this area.
While the film also highlights the noble side of us - compassion and mercy to the weak, maintenance of integrity amid suffering - it is the downside of it that gets me. I finished the movie feeling depressed, as I did several decades ago.
Super B/W photography, a good story, and masterly directing by Mizoguchi make this a classic film of all time. Find an evening when you yearn for artistic fulfillment, and yet are prepared to pay an emotional price for it. Highly recommended for the serious film buffs.