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THE MIZOGUCHI COLLECTIONKenji Mizoguchi (1898-1956) is regarded as one of Japanese cinema's greatest ever directors along with Ozu and Kurosawa.
This 4 disc set covers his middle period, which marked his emergence as a serious artist whose films explored Japan’s transition from feudalism to modernism and the oppression of women in Japanese society.
OSAKA ELEGY (Naniwa Hika, 1936)
Bearing the burden of her father's debt, a young woman becomes her employer's mistress. But this selfless act threatens to bring about her downfall.
SISTERS OF THE GION (Gion no Shimai, 1936)
Mizoguchi’s first commercial and critical success is a story of two geisha sisters – Emekichi, a submissive traditionalist, and the fiercely independent Omocha. Hatching a plan to secure the future for them both, Omocha embarks on a reckless course of action with disastrous consequences.
THE STORY OF THE LAST CHRYSANTHEMUMS (Zangiku Monogatari, 1939)
In this beautifully photographed and deeply moving romantic tragedy, the wife of a struggling actor decides to sacrifice her own future for the sake of her spouse.
UTAMARO AND HIS FIVE WOMEN (Utamaro o Meguru Gonin no Onna, 1946)
Often regarded as his most autobiographical work, Mizoguchi’s film is based on the life of a prominent 18th Century artist and his complex relationships with the women who inspired him.
(This film set is also available on DVD)