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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)