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Pale Flower (Criterion)

Genres: Foreign, Drama, Yakuza, Crime / Criminals, Gambling, Romance, Criterion Collection, Romantic Drama, Crime Drama, Foreign Drama

Cast: Ryo Ikebe, Mariko Kaga, Takashi Fujiki, Chisako Hara, Eijiro Tono

Director: Masahiro Shinoda

Synopsis: In this cool, seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave, a yakuza, fresh out of prison, becomes entangled with a beautiful yet enigmatic gambling addict; what at first seems a redemptive relationship ends up leading him further down the criminal path. Bewitchingly shot and edited and laced with a fever-dream-like score by Toru Takemitsu (Woman in the Dunes, Ran), this breakthrough gangster romance from Masahiro Shinoda (Samurai Spy, Double Suicide) announced an idiosyncratic major filmmaking talent. The pitch-black PALE FLOWER (Kawaita hana) is an unforgettable excursion into the underworld.

Language: Japanese

Country of Origin: Japan

Production Year: 1964


  • "Arguably the most respected, and innovative, of yakuza films.", The Wall Street Journal
  • "The best of Shinoda’s New Wave films.", Donald Richie,

Pale Flower (Criterion)
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