Josei no shôri (1946) AKA The Victory of Women

A socially committed film about the feudal state of many Japanese women in 1946. Hiroko Hosokawa, a female lawyer, defends Mrs. Asakura, who suffocated her child in her grief after her husband died penniless following an industrial accident. The prosecutor is Hiroko’s sister’s husband Kono, who also sent Hiroko’s fiance, Yamaoka, to jail for his liberal views during the war. Yamaoka has just been freed, but is seriously ill from his time in prison.


Director: Kenji Mizoguchi.
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Michiko Kuwano, Mitsuko Miura, Shin Tokudaiji, Akiko Kazami, Shin’yô Nara, Toyo Takahashi, Eiko Uchimura, Kinuko Wakamizu, Kappei Matsumoto, Toshinosuke Nagao, Yôko Benisawa, Katsumi Kubota, Kuniko Igawa, Yoshino Tani, Shirô Ôsaka.

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