Street of Shame
Street of Shame (1956)

Kenji Mizoguchi's final film was on one of his favorite subjects: prostitutes. After a spate of universally lauded period pieces, Mizoguchi returned to the socially conscious dramas that he made famous in the 1930s. Here, as in Osaka… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 18, 1956
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Denby
New Yorker

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Well worth seeing, if only as a challenge.

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Anton Bitel

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.

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Time Out

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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TV Guide

Renowned for his masterful tales of women oppressed, Mizoguchi offers stinging condemnation of a Japanese tradition stretching back hundreds of years.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A moving study about a group of prostitutes in Tokyo's Yoshiwara red-light district.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The late Kenji Mizoguchi, who directed Ugetsu, failed to show as much imagination in this one as in that one.

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Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot

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.

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Dan Harper
Senses of Cinema

Street of Shame is one last, devastating look at how life's cruelties are especially hard on women in Japan.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
mizoguchi's last film sees the elegant geisha of his earlier period films fallen to the level of common prostitutes in the post war period. each of the… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Street of Shame" takes place as a bill banning prostitution is debated while business as usual goes on in a brothel in the red… More
Mizoguchi's last film illustrates why prostitutes "have" to do what they do, instead of only "why". The film follows many prostitutes… More