Osaka Elegy (Woman of Osaka) (Naniwa erejÓ)
Osaka Elegy (Woman of Osaka) (Naniwa erejÓ) (1979)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 31, 1979
DVD Release Date: January 31, 1976
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film prefigures Mizoguchi's later work in its angry emphasis on double standards, its visual precision and its engaged but never preachy tone.

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Fernando F. Croce

The caustic social critic rather than the transcendental mythmaker, Kenji Mizoguchi arranges space exquisitely and fills it acerbically.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Mizoguchi does a good job, without being preachy, showing a patriarchal society's ill-treatment of women.

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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader

One of Kenji Mizoguchi's finest efforts.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

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.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Powerful feminist drama with creative visual style.

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Jeremy Heilman

By the end of Osaka Elegy, Ayoko's situation warrants nothing less than a universal call for empathy.

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Aj V
An interesting movie, the oldest film I've seen from Japan so far, actually. The best and worst thing about it is that the story is realistic. I say that… More
My first Mizoguchi film, but already I am convinced that he is indeed as great as everyone says he is. My impressions of his style and technique will definitely… More
danny d
very similar in theme to some of mizoguchi's other films from this period, osaka elegy executed its themes well in a way that brings forth difficult family… More
Walter M.
In "Osaka Elegy," Sonosuke Asai(Bankei Shiganoya), the owner of a pharmaceutical company, is so frustrated with his wife(Yoko Umemura) spending so… More