Women of the Night

Synopsis: In the post-war Japan, Fusako Owada lives in the home of her mother-in-law with her baby that is ill while waits for the return of her husband from the war. When she learns that her husband has died and her baby also dies, she moves to another city with her neighbor Kumiko Owada to work as secretary executive for the opium dealer Kenzô Kuriyama. One day, she stumbles upon her missed sister Natsuko Kimijima that has returned from the Korea on the street and she learns that Natsuko works as a dancer in a night-club. Natsuko moves to Fusako and Kumiko's apartment and soon she has a love affair with Fusako's boss. However Fusako is secretly Kuriyama's mistress and upset, she vanishes. One day, a client of Natsuko in the night-club tells to her that he saw Fusako in the Red Light District. Natsuko that is pregnant decides to seek her sister out in the prostitution area. Will she find Fusako?
Genre: Drama
75 min

A SHOCHIKU production




Kinuyo TANAKA...


Tomie TSUNODA...


Directed by Kenji MIZOGUCHI



It's so cold.

No news from your husband?

Your parents and your sister

are in Korea?

They must be back by now.

They don't know my new address.

It's a shame.

There's nobody to protect you.

And my son suffers from tuberculosis.

I'm in a big mess.

I want to sell all this.

Summer clothes.

It's not worth much.

I'll take them for 600 yen.

A little more, please.

It's already too much,

summer clothes are hard to sell.

Business isn't getting any better.

Taxes are increasing.

I'll soon have to hang myself

with those old clothes.

Give me another 50 yen.

No way!

Help me.

Just to buy eggs

for the little one.

Try somewhere else.

You won't get more.

Here, 600 yen.

I have a proposition

if you want to make some money.

What proposition?

A well paid job.

I'd do anything.

There are people

with a lot of money.

I could introduce you to them.

Will I earn some money?

It depends on you.

You can bewitch them.

Don't make fun of me.

It's not much.

Many women do it.

Don't propose this kind of things

to everybody...

How much did she give you?

It's not much.

You're mad at me.

I'd help you if I could.

But I don't earn enough money.

That's enough. I'll manage on my

own for the little one.

I bought you some apples.

I'll grate them.

I have eggs too.

It's your son,

you must take care of him.

You're blaming me

for drinking too much.

The house was burned when

I came back from war.

I'm moonlighting,

I can get caught.

Despite that...

I still bring 6000 yen a month.

It's great.

Tuberculosis isn't so bad.

No need for so many injections.

The doctor pushes you to spend money.

It's not true.

They all do that.

We had an X-ray taken.

If anything happens to the baby

my husband will never forgive me.

Any news from my brother?

Is he still alive?

May he come back soon!

Your brother-in-law does his best.

Forgive him.

I know.

If the baby was fine

I could work somewhere.

Let's stop talking about it.

Did you listen to the radio?

We don't have one.

They talked about your husband.

My husband?

I was listening to the radio earlier.

I heard:

"Kensaku Owada's family

"must contact Mr. Hirata

about their son. "

Thank you for telling us.

Let's go see him now.

Kumiko, can you look after the baby?

I hope he'll be well.

He was so sick at the hospital.

He regretted dying after

so many efforts to survive.

This way.

I' really sorry to tell you

these sad news.

Excuse us.

- What's going on?

- It's the parents.


It's my boss.

We're sorry to bother you.

It must be disheartening.



deeply affected by this misfortune.

You can come and see me if

you have any problem.

Take heart!

Thank you.

My brother is dead.

Our last hope is gone.

Don't think about it, mom.

We have to take care of the funeral.

Mom, he's suffocating. Look.

What's going on?

I'll get the doctor.



It's time.

I'm leaving.


Here, Natsuko!



I've been looking for you everywhere.

You're very stylish.

I'm glad.

It's Kumiko from Owada.

You're a big girl!

Do you remember, Kumiko?

She's my sister who was in Korea.

You changed a lot.

I didn't recognize you.

When did you come back?

In september 45.

Your house had burned.

Nobody could tell me

where you were.

How are our parents doing?

Are they fine?

They're dead.


Mother died in Korea.

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