|Directed by||Max Ophüls|
Samuel Epstein |
Maurice Dekobra (novel) |
|Music by||Paul Dessau|
|Edited by||Pierre Méguérian|
|Distributed by||Compagnie Cinématographique de France|
|22 October 1937|
Yoshiwara is a 1937 French drama film directed by Max Ophüls and starring Pierre Richard-Willm, Sessue Hayakawa and Michiko Tanaka. It is based on a novel by Maurice Dekobra. The film is set in the Yoshiwara, the red-light district of Tokyo, in the nineteenth century. It depicts a love triangle between a high-class prostitute, a Russian naval officer and a rickshaw man.
The film was Ophüls' greatest pre-war French financial success. Yoshiwara proved controversial in Japan where the government objected to the depiction of Japanese brothels and banned it. There was a negative reaction against the two Japanese actors who had starred in the film, and they were labelled as traitors.
- Pierre Richard-Willm - Lieutenant Serge Polenoff
- Sessue Hayakawa - Ysamo, Kuli
- Michiko Tanaka - Kohana
- Roland Toutain - Pawlik
- Lucienne Le Marchand - Namo
- André Gabriello - Pô
- Camille Bert - Le commandant
- Foun-Sen - Geisha
- Philippe Richard - L'attaché russe
- Ky Duyen - L'agent secret
- Georges Saillard - Le médecin
- Bacher, Lutz. Max Ophuls in the Hollywood Studios. Rutgers University Press, 1996.
- Seigle, Cecilia Segawa. Yoshiwara: The Glittering World of the Japanese Courtesan. University of Hawaii Press, 1993.