Akasen Chitai

Akasen Chitai (aka Streets of Shame) (1956)

Akasen Chitai (aka Streets of Shame) first published by Film4, 9 June 2008 Summary: Kenji Mizoguchi’s final film examines the state of prostitution in Japan at a time of shifting mores. Review: “For all the high moral purpose – they tell us this film was made as propaganda in the campaign to ban legal prostitution in Japan…

Irezumi

Irezumi (1966)

Irezumi first published by Film4 Summary: In this elegant proto-feminist shocker from Yasuzo Masumura, a woman forced into prostitution wreaks her spidery revenge. Review: Two years after their immaculately perverse melodrama Manji (1964), Yasuzo Masumura (Red Angel, Blind Beast) and Kaneto Shindo (Onibaba, The Naked Island) were drawn to work together again on another lurid tale of…

Manji

Manji (aka Swastika, aka Passion, aka All Mixed up) (1964)

Manji (aka Swastika, aka Passion, aka All Mixed Up) first published by Film4 Summary: An artfully lurid melodrama of illicit desire, excessive obsession and ritualised death, directed by Japanese New Wave fave Yasuzo Masumura. Review: The late Yasuzo Masumura was a protean figure in the world of cinema. Though Japanese, in the early 1950s he attended Rome’s…