Premiere for the digitally remastered version of Kenji Mizoguchi's silent masterpiece.
|Cast||Daijiro Natsukawa, Isuzu Yamada, Ichiro Yoshizawa|
An emotional Meiji era film by Kenji Mizoguchi. Based on the novel "Baishoku Kamo Nanban" by Kyoka Izumi. A woman is made mistress by a yakuza, then forced to help honey-trapping, frauds and criminal businesses; she even puts her body at stake to finance a young man who wishes to study. She leaves behind a paper crane in hopes that he will fly high and succeed like a crane before being taken captive; what awaited her was imprisonment and an incurable illness. Kenji Mizoguchi brutally portrays the woman let to be destroyed, with sometimes sadistic images and dark, damp undertones that seep the woman's despair through the screen. Restored as part of the 2018 Kyoto Prefecture digital remastering development program.