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Japan 1936 bw 71 min.
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
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1 disc, catalog # CC1373L

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Ayako, a young switchboard operator, tries to build a happy life with her office clerk boyfriend. But their relationship is strained when Ayako's alcoholic father and unemployed brother expect financial support. Rejected by her lover, Ayako becomes a prostitute to make ends meet. This acclaimed 1936 film by Kenji Mozoguchi (Ugestu) offers a bitter indictment of the abuse and double standards which Japanese tradition and social mores place on women.

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