Archive of films Osaka Elegy / Naniwa ereji

Japan
1936, 71 min

Section: Tribute to Kenji Mizoguchi

Ayako, a company telephone operator, needs to cover her father’s drinking bills and her brother’s school fees, although neither thanks her for her efforts. She pins her hopes on eloping with her fiancé. The film marked the start of a lifelong collaboration with screenwriter Yoda Yoshikata and made Mizoguchi the most famous director in Japan.


Synopsis

An assertively angry film, Osaka Elegy was deliberately intended as a social and cultural bombshell in the increasingly militarist Japan of 1936. It marked the start of a lifelong collaboration with the screenwriter Yoda Yoshikata and made Mizoguchi the most famous director in Japan. Although it uses the old name of Osaka (“Naniwa”) in its Japanese title, it’s set in the present and is burningly topical. Yamada plays Ayako, a company telephone operator, who becomes the kept woman of her boss, Asai. Ayako’s earnings need to cover her father’s drinking bills and her brother’s school fees, although neither thanks her for her efforts. She pins her hopes on eloping with her fiancé and steals money to pay for it, but when that plan falls apart there’s nothing left for her but what she calls “delinquency.” The punchy, confrontational ending is more like Sam Fuller than the usual Mizoguchi.

Tony Rayns

Contacts

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About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Tribute to Kenji Mizoguchi
   
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Screenplay: Yoshikata Yoda podle románu / based on the novel Mieko by Saburo Okada
Dir. of Photography: Minoru Miki
Music: Koichi Takagi
Editor: Tatsuko Sakane
Producer: Masaichi Nagata
Production: Dai-ichi Eiga
Cast: Isuzu Yamada, Benkei Shiganoya, Eitaro Shindo, Kensaku Hara, Yoko Umemura
Sales: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
Contact: Kawakita Memorial Film Institute
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