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Director: Masahiro Shinoda Run Time: 96 min. Format: Audio Amplification Available Release Year: 1964 Language: Japanese
Starring: Chisako Hara, Koji Nakahara, Mariko Kaga, Ryō Ikebe, Takashi Fujiki
Masahiro Shinoda was a pioneer in Japanese new wave noirs, and he applies his mastery of mood and character to the yazuka genre in Pale Flower.
When a gangster is released from prison, he tries to find his footing in the gambling underworld of his gang when he encounters a wealthy and beautiful thrill seeker who draws him into her web. Together and apart they enter a self-destructive spiral.
Haunting and nihilistic, Pale Flower is a dark meditation on fate and love not often seen in the action-packed world of the yakuza.