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  1. Kelvin Thompson's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    3-4. 'Society hates the crime, not the individual' says everything in contrast to the actual actions of the film. Ayako is essentially seen as abandoning the family unit when she actually does everything she does for her family. She ultimately saves her family at her own personal cost, and the final line clinches Japan's unforgiving attitude toward delinquency. A small, dark, intimate film; I liked it.

  2. Ozu_Teapot's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

  3. Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    This absolutely heartbreaking Mizoguchi film feels as relevant now as it did in 1936!

  4. Jdsarmientoburgos's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    Mizoguchi did a lot of good here, perhaps one of his most sophisticated 30s works in terms of camera style. But I had some issues with the way that it flowed, as if there were scenes missing.

  5. Bilouaustria's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    Mizoguchi between realism and feminism. An important film, where he reoriented his career for the better. The charge against the japanese society is a charge against men : how cruel, unfair, coward they are. Their abuse of power. But the great camera movements and the one idea = one shot are still to come. And the character are not yet so deep (maybe the film is too short). Glimpses of the master already.

  6. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    En una Japón moderna (a propósito de su introducción de luces de neón), la Japón feudal parece vigente a partir de la historia de una mujer humillándose sin reconocimiento. Es el honor perdido a costa de las negligencias del hombre. Mizoguchi es constante en esa crítica sobre la posición oportunista del hombre frente a la mujer, quien es arrastrada contra voluntad a la degradación, y aquí no hay lugar a la redención.

  7. FISCHER's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    On est encore bien loin des fameux films historiques et costumés du grand metteur en scène nippon qui lui donneront ultérieurement une exceptionnelle notoriété internationale et cinéphilique. Finesse, nuances et limpidité caractérisent cette œuvre qui évite tout manichéisme et moralisme outranciers et surnuméraires...

  8. Bonnet Michel's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

  9. Alexander Dunkelberger's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    My first exposure to Japan's third great director after Ozu and Kurosawa: Kenji Mizoguchi. This isn't typically ranked among his very best efforts, and I can certainly see that, but it has its merits too.

  10. smndvdcl's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    Alongside Ozu, Mizoguchi is one of the great humanists of cinema. One could assert that his focus on the toils of women in Japanese society reveals a feminist undercurrent to his mundane masterpieces.

  11. tegarbudi's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    An ultimate epitome of the word "sacrifice".

  12. Emil Kurjak's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    mi sento un po' una merda a dare 2/5 a mizoguchi

  13. Harrywolf Krstl's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

  14. Abhinay Jakhar's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    Mizoguchi’s sensibilities seem quite relatable. Coming from a country which is highly patriarchal i have seen these issues and what is good about this film is the way he tells the story. He’s never too preachy about its message but he is sharp to point out the obvious oppression and make a case for sense and wisdom in a society that is blinded with false morals and hides behind its timid duality.

  15. dacung's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

  16. lupiter's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    i love mizoguchi's camera style and its distance

  17. David Grillo's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    It's a shame. So much of life is about being who your not that it fools us into wanting what we can't have.

  18. Daniela's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    That walk-off scene at the end was pretty sweet.

  19. Jesse Furgurson's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

  20. Mike Archibald's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    The emotional power is compromised by weak pacing & editing, and the poor quality of the print and DVD transfer from Eclipse, but on the level of the individual shot it's as good as almost any film. Mizoguchi renders space paradoxically: composing in diagonal depth, he expands its boundaries one way and shrinks them another. The human figures have an illusory freedom: depth without width, or width without depth.

  21. TFCHooligan69's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    Isuzu Yamada was all of 19 years old when this film was made, and her performance is superb throughout. A great film to kickoff Criterion's Fallen Women Eclipse release.

  22. joey Noodles's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    My Mizoguchi marathon continues, this film has a really excellent plot and premise. Camera work, use of silence and space are all top notch and overall a beautiful effort from Mizguchi, not one of the best but still very very good.

  23. Dave's rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    A dark film, both in terms of story and visual style. You can tell this one was shot on the cheap, but that only adds to the effectiveness of the overall product. Mizoguchi's touch and style are just so smooth in everything, with every shot being as tasteful as one would expect from him. I might stop just short of giving it 5/5 right now, but it comes very close.

  24. Francisco R.'s rating of the film Osaka Elegy

    A concise, deftly written drama finding Mizoguchi at the heart of his directorial vision. It blurs the line so well between the actions that define both a woman's nobility and indecency that we're left alone to make our judgements.

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