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His films, or his post-war films at least, tended to have female protagonists and usually dealt with the victimization/oppression of women by Japanese patriarchy.


* ''Princess Yang Kwei-Fei'' (1955)

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* ''Sansho the Bailiff'' (1954)

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* ''Sansho the Bailiff'' ''Film/SanshoTheBailiff'' (1954)


* ''Street of Shame'' (1956)

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* ''Street of Shame'' (1956)''Film/StreetOfShame'' (1956) -- last film


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Kenji Mizoguchi (溝口 健二 Mizoguchi Kenji; May 16, 1898 August 24, 1956) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. Mizoguchi is renowned for his mastery of the long take and mise-en-scène, and regarded alongside Creator/AkiraKurosawa and Creator/YasujiroOzu as a major figure in postwar Japanese cinema (though, like Ozu, he had been working for a couple decades by the time he made the films behind this reputation). His film ''Ugetsu'' (1953) is also credited, alongside ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'' and ''Film/SevenSamurai'', with sparking Western interest in Japanese cinema; it won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and appeared in the Sight & Sound Critics' Top Ten Poll in 1962 and 1972.

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Kenji Mizoguchi (溝口 健二 Mizoguchi Kenji; May 16, 1898 August 24, 1956) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. Mizoguchi is renowned for his mastery of the long take and mise-en-scène, mise-en-scène. Alongside Creator/AkiraKurosawa, he was one of the first Japanese film-makers to receive international recognition, and regarded he's considered alongside Creator/AkiraKurosawa and Creator/YasujiroOzu as to be one of their greatest film-makers.

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a major figure film-maker who began his career in postwar the mid-'20s, making several notable silent films that were much appreciated within Japan. When sound arrived, Mizoguchi started evolving his technique. He became notable for making films which had very long takes, with moving cameras and a slow rhythm. His films were set in both historical setting (i.e. jidaigeki) and contemporary Japan. He was known within Japan for his Creator/ErichVonStroheim-approach to detail, and for his rigorous research. Unlike other Japanese cinema (though, like Ozu, he had been working for a couple decades by film-makers (even Kurosawa), Mizoguchi was quite keen on depicting the time he made past as close to history as possible, and put much emphasis on recreating events than on driving action. Focusing on the films behind this reputation). women and lower-class artists in his period settings, and the one movie where he depicted Samurai and Ronin (his take on the 47 Ronin legend) is a 4 hour long opus dedicated to endless discussions of honour, code, and feudal rules. As such his movies are filled with CostumePorn and are rich in visual detail.

His film ''Ugetsu'' (1953) is also credited, alongside ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'' and ''Film/SevenSamurai'', with sparking Western interest in Japanese cinema; it won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and appeared in the Sight & Sound Critics' Top Ten Poll in 1962 and 1972.
1972. Mizoguchi's films won international praise from Cahiers du Cinema, and other international film-makers and his reputation has grown since then, especially with his obscure films finding an audience via Creator/TheCriterionCollection.


Kenji Mizoguchi (溝口 健二 Mizoguchi Kenji; May 16, 1898 August 24, 1956) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. His film ''Ugetsu'' (1953) won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and appeared in the Sight & Sound Critics' Top Ten Poll in 1962 and 1972. Mizoguchi is renowned for his mastery of the long take and mise-en-scène.

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Kenji Mizoguchi (溝口 健二 Mizoguchi Kenji; May 16, 1898 August 24, 1956) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. Mizoguchi is renowned for his mastery of the long take and mise-en-scène, and regarded alongside Creator/AkiraKurosawa and Creator/YasujiroOzu as a major figure in postwar Japanese cinema (though, like Ozu, he had been working for a couple decades by the time he made the films behind this reputation). His film ''Ugetsu'' (1953) is also credited, alongside ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'' and ''Film/SevenSamurai'', with sparking Western interest in Japanese cinema; it won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and appeared in the Sight & Sound Critics' Top Ten Poll in 1962 and 1972. Mizoguchi is renowned for his mastery of the long take and mise-en-scène.
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!!Mizoguchi's films include:

* ''Osaka Elegy'' (1936)
* ''Sisters of the Gion'' (1936)
* ''The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum'' (1939)



* ''Five Women Around Utamaro'' (1946)



* ''Film/TheCrucifiedLovers'' (1954)

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* ''Film/TheCrucifiedLovers'' (1954)(1954)
* ''Sansho the Bailiff'' (1954)
* ''Taira Clan Saga'' (1955)
* ''Princess Yang Kwei-Fei'' (1955)
* ''Street of Shame'' (1956)


* ''Film/{{Ugetsu}}'' (1953)

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* ''Film/{{Ugetsu}}'' (1953)(1953)
* ''Film/TheCrucifiedLovers'' (1954)


* ''Film/TheLifeOfOharu'' (1953)

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* ''Film/TheLifeOfOharu'' (1953)
* ''Film/{{Ugetsu}}''
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* ''Film/TheLifeOfOharu'' (1953)

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* ''Film/The47Ronin'' (1941)
* ''Film/TheLifeOfOharu'' (1953)

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* ''Film/TheLifeOfOharu'' (1953)



Kenji Mizoguchi (溝口 健二 Mizoguchi Kenji; May 16, 1898 August 24, 1956) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. His film Ugetsu (1953) won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and appeared in the Sight & Sound Critics' Top Ten Poll in 1962 and 1972. Mizoguchi is renowned for his mastery of the long take and mise-en-scène.

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\nKenji Mizoguchi (溝口 健二 Mizoguchi Kenji; May 16, 1898 August 24, 1956) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. His film Ugetsu ''Ugetsu'' (1953) won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and appeared in the Sight & Sound Critics' Top Ten Poll in 1962 and 1972. Mizoguchi is renowned for his mastery of the long take and mise-en-scène.

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Kenji Mizoguchi (溝口 健二 Mizoguchi Kenji; May 16, 1898 August 24, 1956) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. His film Ugetsu (1953) won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and appeared in the Sight & Sound Critics' Top Ten Poll in 1962 and 1972. Mizoguchi is renowned for his mastery of the long take and mise-en-scène.

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