Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1933 • Japan
Starring Yoshiko Okada, Ureo Egawa, Kinuyo Tanaka
In this powerful, compassionate melodrama, Chikako (Yoshiko Okada) works by day as a typist to help put her brother Ryoichi (Ureo Egawa) through school. What he doesn’t know is that by night she also works as a prostitute—a secret that has the power to destroy them both. Shot in just a little over a week, WOMAN OF TOKYO nevertheless abounds with director Yasujiro Ozu’s sophisticated compositional touches (including his emerging use of pillow shots), which enhance the film’s shattering impact.