Yoshiwara: The Pleasure Quarter (Hero of the Red Light District) (Yoto monogatari: Hana no Yoshiwara hyaku-nin giri) (1960) - Rotten Tomatoes

Yoshiwara: The Pleasure Quarter (Hero of the Red Light District) (Yoto monogatari: Hana no Yoshiwara hyaku-nin giri) (1960)

Yoshiwara: The Pleasure Quarter (Hero of the Red Light District) (Yoto monogatari: Hana no Yoshiwara hyaku-nin giri)

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The film that led David Shipman to declare Uchida "the equal of Mizoguchi and Kinugasa," KILLING IN YOSHIWARA ranks with Uchida's finest postwar work...more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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like lang's 'scarlet street' or renoir's 'la chienne' set in the geisha quarter of old edo, this colorful melodrama was adapted by mizoguchi's frequent collaborator yoshitaka yoda from a kabuki play. a wealthy mill owner, beloved by his workers for his kind and generous spirit, is thwarted in his attempts to find a bride by the large birthmark covering half of his face. wanting to show him a good time, some colleagues introduce him to the 'floating world' and even here he faces rejection, until one ex-convict prostitute, intent on proving herself to those who feel she'll never be a proper geisha, takes him on as a client. of course he falls madly in love with her, whereupon the owners of the geisha house see a rich sucker to bleed dry, and his life is soon in ruins. not only a noirish potboiler shot in cinemascope, it functions as a critique of the institution of geisha that turns women into commodities as well

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