Street of Shame
DIRECTOR: KENJI MIZOGUCHI
CAST: MACHIKO KYô, AYAKO WAKAO, MICHIYO KOGURE
Though best known for his period works, Mizoguchi’s final film was almost brutally contemporary, set in a cathouse in Tokyo’s redlight district shortly before the Japanese National Diet outlawed prostitution in Japan. We are privileged to see not only business as usual at the aptly-named Dreamland, but the inner yearnings of the women, who hope against hope for a better tomorrow.
Street of Shame is screening as part of the series: Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z