November 19 ~ Street of Shame (Akasen Chitai) (1956)
85 min., 35mm, B&W
This was Mizoguchi's last completed film which was shot as he fought leukemia. It looks at the stories of various prostitutes in the face of a rapidly changing world. Some say that the public outrage fanned by this film was a contributing factor to the outlawing of prostitution in Japan in 1957. Japanese with English Subtitles.
(Print provided by and permission from Janus/Criterion.)
Added by arborupdate on August 25, 2004