Women of the Night

1948 [JAPANESE]

Drama

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IMDb Rating 7.2 10 1073

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Japanese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 13 min
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Reviewed by crossbow0106 9 / 10

Life In Post-War Osaka

Mizoguchi is never subtle in his films. His films would work better in black and white even if color was the norm in Japan. In this film the great Kinuyo Tanaka, who has starred in other Mizoguchi films, is Fusako, a war widow who also buried a son who has to become a prostitute to live. Her sister Naksuko, played by Sanae Takasuga and their sister in law Kumiko (Tomie Tsunoda) also become ones also. Osaka is depicted as being full of prostitutes, and that could have very well been accurate at the time. Mizoguchi, fascinated in many of his films with the downtrodden, does his usual superior job but the film really is essential due to the acting of Kinuyo Tanaka and Sanae Takasuga. They bring a realistic, grim situation to live. Of course, this film is not a happy one, but if you can take that, this is another near masterpiece of Kenji Mizoguchi.

Reviewed by Bunuel1976 8 / 10

WOMEN OF THE NIGHT (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1948) ***1/2

Kenji Mizoguchi is arguably the greatest Japanese film-maker ever and it is truly a pity, therefore, that this is only the fifth film of his I have watched; luckily, the host of the Italian TV programme which showed WOMEN OF THE NIGHT promised that they will be screening a few more of his films in the near future. In any case, even if I found precious little reading material on the film, that same host dubbed it a "masterpiece" and a French review I found on the Internet said that it was "absolutely unmissable"! Having now watched it, I can verify that it was no idle praise.

Mizoguchi is well-known for being a feminist director and his extensive filmography is full of studies of downtrodden Japanase women of both contemporary and past eras. This happens to be the first bona-fide "women's picture" of his I have watched and even if it may be a notch less appealing than his very best films, UGETSU (1953) and SANSHO THE BAILIFF (1954), it is nevertheless an exceptionally well-made and moving film with a typically strong central performance from Mizoguchi regular Kinuyo Tanaka. Besides, Mizoguchi's remarkably unsentimental outlook ensures that facile answers to the questions raised are kept well at bay but without rendering the film unnecessarily depressing or bleak.

The plot deals with three post-WWII women (from the middle-aged Tanaka to a teenage acquaintance of hers) who all gradually and unwillingly turn to prostitution to make ends meet. The "women of the night" are depicted as being either cynical and bitter (like Tanaka who, despite being infected with disease, still keeps on prostituting herself so as to carry out her revenge on all manhood after being betrayed by her employer/lover), nymphomaniacs (who usually take out their own frustrations on the newer 'recruits') or, worse still, disease-ridden yet pregnant (like Tanaka's younger sister). The kindly doctors who shelter the loose women when in labor are ultimately powerless to prevent them from going back to plying their dangerous trade once they have delivered their usually stillborn children. The devastating final sequence (superbly executed through Mizoguchi's peerless mise-en-scene) portrays just such an occurrence in which Tanaka literally tries to beat some sense into her sister when she joins her on the streets once more, at which point the rest of the prostitutes either vent their anger on the two for scaring off potential customers with all the commotion or take the sisters' side for seeking a way out of their profession.

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 7 / 10

The Cruel Side of the Post-War Japan

In the post-war Japan, Fusako Owada (Kinuyo Tanaka) lives in the home of her mother-in-law with her baby that is ill while waits for the return of her husband from the war. When she learns that her husband has died and her baby also dies, she moves to another city with her neighbor Kumiko Owada (Tomie Tsunoda) to work as secretary executive for the opium dealer Kenzô Kuriyama (Mitsuo Nagata). One day, she stumbles upon her missed sister Natsuko Kimijima (Sanae Takasugi) that has returned from the Korea on the street and she learns that Natsuko works as a dancer in a night-club. Natsuko moves to Fusako and Kumiko's apartment and soon she has a love affair with Fusako's boss. However Fusako is secretly Kuriyama's mistress and upset, she vanishes. One day, a client of Natsuko in the night-club tells to her that he saw Fusako in the Red Light District. Natsuko that is pregnant decides to seek her sister out in the prostitution area. Will she find Fusako?

The bitter and melodramatic "Yoru no onnatachi", a.k.a. "Women of the Night", is a film directed by the great Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi that shows the cruel side of the post-war Japan specially for the women. The lead characters Fusako Owada is forced to change from a mother and housewife to a cheap prostitute that wants to contaminate men with syphilis to revenge her condition. Her sister Natsuko Kimijima may stay in the shelter for women or not after the stillbirth. In the end, there is a sort of redemption when Fusako tries to rescue from the street her neighbor and friend Kumiko Owada. However the country seems to be hopeless at that moment, at least for widows and lonely women in the depressing view of Mizoguchi. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Mulheres da Noite" ("Women of the Night")

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