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12 Ratings

White Beast

Shiroi yajuu

Directed by Mikio Naruse
Japan, 1950


A woman’s prison film featuring former prostitutes recovering from venereal diseases, unwanted pregnancies, and estranged lovers.

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White Beast Directed by Mikio Naruse

Critics reviews

Though WHITE BEAST improves on the repetitive, overly signposted drama of its predecessor THE ANGRY STREET, its script, which Naruse co-wrote with Motosada Nishiki, leaves something to be desired. In addition to its tendentious social mission, the film seems more interested in devising a series of lurid incidents – a protracted catfight, flagrant attempts at seduction, syphilis-induced insanity – than in establishing a point of view on the characters.
June 06, 2016
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