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Street of Shame Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 4, 2013
Renowned for his masterful tales of women oppressed, Mizoguchi offers stinging condemnation of a Japanese tradition stretching back hundreds of years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 4, 2013
Of all the films about prostitution, Kenji Mizoguchi's Street of Shame, made in 1956 at the end of his career, is perhaps the greatest.
Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot
August 8, 2009
The film's cinematography utilizes an unusual technique for a Mizoguchi film, the close-up, whereby the camera gets steadily closer to each protagonist as the various causes of their downfall to prostitution are revealed.
Anton Bitel
May 21, 2008
one of the great virtues in this tale of vice [is] its studied ambivalence towards organised prostitution, at a time when Japanese attitudes towards the trade were radically shifting.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 18, 2006
A moving study about a group of prostitutes in Tokyo's Yoshiwara red-light district.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The settings are a far removed from the medieval landscapes of Ugetsu or The Life of Oharu, but Mizoguchi's focus on the plight of his women characters is as intent and heart-rending as ever.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
The late Kenji Mizoguchi, who directed Ugetsu, failed to show as much imagination in this one as in that one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Harper
Senses of Cinema
November 1, 2004
Street of Shame is one last, devastating look at how life's cruelties are especially hard on women in Japan.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Well worth seeing, if only as a challenge.
Emanuel Levy
July 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
October 24, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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