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Women Of The Night
Cast:Tinuyo Tanaka, Sanae Takasugi, and Mitsuo Nagata
Credits:Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi (Japanese w/English subtitles, bw, 35mm)

Synopsis: A harrowing, harshly realistic portrait of prostitution during the postwar Occupation, Mizoguchi's Women Of The Night is said to have been instrumental in the passage of japan's anti-prostitutional law. Kinuyo Tanaka gives a virtuosa performance as a war widow who takes a job as a secretary to survive and is harassed into becoming her boss' mistress. Prostitution becomes a paradoxial way out: by working the streets, she frees herself of her boss and ultimately finds a destructive path to revenge her humiliation.

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