Pale Flower

"Grim"

Pale Flower Review


This Japanese version of a James Dean movie just didn't make much of an impression on me. Careening from gambling houses to street races and back, we follow an ex-con and the gambling-addicted girl he's in love with. Infused with 1960s yakuza sensibilities, the film has been interpreted (by the few who've seen it) as an analysis of Japan's place in the Cold War (though that seems awfully misguided) and an in-your-face reaction to popular films of the era. None of this makes the hopelessly muddled and smug Pale Flower any good, though.

Aka Kawaita hana.



Pale Flower

Facts and Figures

Run time: 96 mins

In Theaters: Sunday 1st March 1964

Distributed by: Criterion Collection

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Fresh: 6 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Muraki, as Saeko, as Yoh, Chisako Hara as Yakuza's lover, Eijirô Tôno as Gang leader, Seiji Miyaguchi as Gang leader


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