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Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

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Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

Summary: 19th century. Oshin is a prostitute in a brothel of a red-light district. A disgraced samurai, Fusanosuke, rushes in the brothel seeking for a refuge, because he had wounded a powerful samurai. Oshin hides him from the authorities and falls in love with him, against an older prostitute's, Kikuno's, misgiving. Fusanosuke advises Oshin to cleanse herself by giving up her line of work. Believing falsely that this is a promise for marriage, she turns her customers over to the other prostitutes, who are happy to help her. Funasukoke leaves to be reconciled to his family, but, when he returns, he reveals that he is engaged and is going to marry his fiancé. Some time later a desperate itinerant, Ryosuke, appears and Oshin falls in love again. Meanwhile, an older man asks Kikuno to buy her contract and marry her, but she is entangled with an old abusive customer of hers. One night, while the madam of the brothel is away to thermal baths, a storm hits the area and everybody tries to flee. Ryosuke kills Kikuno's customer who tries to steal madam's money and runs away. Oshin and Kikuno stay at the roof hoping for a rescue from the flood. Ryosuke returns by a boat.
Runtime: 119 min
Rating: Rated R for some sexuality.
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)
Genres: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Home Release Date: Nov 18, 2003
Director Credit
Kei Kumai Director
Writer Credit
Akira Kurosawa Original Screenplay
Kei Kumai Screenplay
Shûgorô Yamamoto Novels "Nanno Hana Ka Kaoru" And "Tsuyu No Hinu Ma"
Principal Cast Credit
Hidetaka Yoshioka Fusanosuke
Masatoshi Nagase Ryôsuke
Misa Shimizu Kikuno
Nagiko Tôno Oshin
Cast Credit
Eiji Okuda Ginji
Kumiko Tsuchiya Prostitute
Michiko Kawai Osono
Miho Tsumiki Okichi
Renji Ishibashi Zenbei
Rikiya Ôtaka Boy
Takayuki Katô Cast
Tenshi Kamogawa Umekichi
Teru Satô Cast
Yukiya Kitamura Gonta
Yumiko Nogawa Omine
Producer Credit
Hajime Satomi Producer
Haruyuki Machida Producer
Hirotake Yoda Producer
Hisao Kurosawa Planner
Kôichi Miyagawa Producer
Kôshirô Andô Producer
Masaya Nakamura Executive Producer
Naoto Sarukawa Producer
Shigehiro Toriyama Producer
Sunobu Horigome Producer
Yûji Oda Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: