Akasen Chitai / Yokihi (UK-import) (DVD)

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Filmed shortly before the Japanese government's introduction of an anti-prostitution bill, Akasen Chitai (Streets of Shame) is a compelling study of women torn between financial necessity and questions of conscience. It was nominated for the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and inspired French critic Jean Douchet to proclaim: "For me, along with Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux and Renoir's La Règle du Jeu, the greatest film in the history of cinema".

Set many centuries earlier, Yokihi (Princess Yang Kwei Fei) recounts the Chinese legend referred to in its title. In eighth-century T'ang China, widowed Emperor Hsüan-tsung (Masayuki Mori) reigns alone, devoting his life to the composition of music. When he meets and falls in love with a beautiful young woman (Machiko Kyo), who will become his imperial concubine, a tale of political intrigue and rival dynasties is set in motion, with ultimately tragic consequences. Sumptuously filmed in vibrant colour, Yokihi is the most ancient of Mizoguchi's costume dramas, yet its central themes of passion, sorrow, and the conflict between love and power remain timeless - it was also nominated for the Golden Lion at Venice.


  • Full length Akasen Chitai audio commentary and a video discussion about Yokihi by acclaimed Japanese film expert/critic, festival programmer, and filmmaker Tony Rayns.
  • 64-page booklet featuring writing by Keiko I. McDonald (author of Mizoguchi), Mark Le Fanu (author of Mizoguchi and Japan), Masako Nakagawa (author of The Yang Kuei-fei Legend in Japanese Literature), ninth-century poetry (A Song of Unending Sorrow) by Po


Produksjonsår 1955 Format DVD
Sone Sone 2 - Import Sjanger Drama
Antall disker 2 Aldersgrense 11
Undertekster Engelsk Lydformater Mono 1.0 (Japansk)
Bildeformater Fullscreen 4:3, Sort/Hvitt Regissør Kenji Mizoguchi
Skuespillere Ayako Wakao, Kumeko Urabe, Machiko Kyo, Michiyo Kogure Bestillingsnummer EKA50036
Leverandør Gardners