Whoever called this the best film ever may well have been right in his assessment. Terrific score. Mizoguchi at his best. Good commentary by Tony Rayns on the Masters of Cinema BD also. This film enamored me, it made me put myself in the position of almost every character, reaching depth without trying hard. The radio news voiceover reminds me of some Fassbinder movies, such as Lola and The Marriage of Maria Braun.
Un excellent film social et humain du grand Mizoguchi dont ce fut hélas la dernière oeuvre. Tout en dénonçant avec âpreté et sans aucune concession le problème tragique de la prostitution, le film reste un somptueux hymne à la libération de la femme... www.cinefiches.com
This is a deeply tragic film. These women suffer not only as the victims of unfortunate circumstances (i.e. poverty, illness, neglect), but as victims of their own unattainable dreams which are callously tossed aside by a cruelly indifferent world. With each glimmer of hope of clinging to some semblance of dignity society deals another blow. With each dissolve they plunge deeper into resignation.