Osaka Elegy (Woman of Osaka) (Naniwa erejÓ)
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Osaka Elegy (Woman of Osaka) (Naniwa erejÓ)
This is one of director Kenji Mizoguchi's first true masterworks in his long, highly celebrated career. Ayako, a young switchboard operator, tries to resist the advances of Asai, the owner of the pharmaceutical company where she works. Her love interest Nishmura, a young executive at the same company, does not seemed bothered, and her drunken father, who is up to his eyes in debt, is even less helpful. After a loud argument, her father throws her out of the house. With nowhere else to go, Ayako becomes Asai's mistress. She tries to pay her drunken father's numerous debts and help… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film prefigures Mizoguchi's later work in its angry emphasis on double standards, its visual precision and its engaged but never preachy tone."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Mizoguchi regular Isuzu Yamada contributes a superb display of abused decency, but it's the director's astute visual sense that gives the picture its power."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"One of Kenji Mizoguchi's finest efforts."
‑ Fred Camper, Chicago Reader
"By the end of Osaka Elegy, Ayoko's situation warrants nothing less than a universal call for empathy."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"The caustic social critic rather than the transcendental mythmaker, Kenji Mizoguchi arranges space exquisitely and fills it acerbically."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Mizoguchi does a good job, without being preachy, showing a patriarchal society's ill-treatment of women."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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