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Miss Oyu
Length:95 min
Cast:Kinuyo Tanaka, Nobuko Otowa, and Youi Hori
Credits:Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi.

Synopsis: A crucial Mizoguchi, in that it marked the first collaboration between the director and the great cinematographer's Miyagawa, and also signalled a shift in Mizoguchi's themes, from those of "social justice" to "themes of passion, sacrifice, and transcendence" (Stephen L. Barr). Kinuyo Tanakais superb as Oyu, windowed before the age of twenty-one. When she rebuffs the advances of a wealthy young man, he marries her sister to ensure access to the widow. Their menage a trois causes scandal, and Oyu is banished from her family's house. "An exceptionally poigant melodrama" (Andrew Sarris) based on a Tanizaki novel, MISS OYU offers sequence after sequence of astonishing elegance, including one shot that lasts almost six minutes.

Japanese with English subtitles, bw.

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