Osaka Elegy Japan

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi

Production: Daiichi Eiga; black and white, 35mm. Released 1936.

Screenplay: Yoshikata Yoda, from the story ''Mieko'' by Saburo Okada; photography: Minoru Miki; sound: Hisashi Kase and Yasumi Mizoguchi.

Cast: Isuzu Yamada (Ayako Murai); Benkei Shinganoya (Sonosuke); Eitaro Shindo (Yoshizo Fujino); Kensaku Hara (Susumu Nishimura); Seiichi Takegawa (Ayako's father); Shinpachiro Asaka (Ayako's brother); Chiyoko Okura (Ayako's sister); Yoko Umemura (Sonosuke's wife); Shizuko Takezawa (Mine Fukuda); Kuneo Tamura (Doctor Yoko); Kiyoko Okubo (Doctor's wife).

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