Thematic Elements

Pale Flower | 乾いた花 J-Film

Drama

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, DC

Based on the novella by Shintaro Ishihara (Season of the Sun, Crazed Fruit) and with film score by the award-winning composer Toru Takemitsu (The Woman in the Dunes, Ran).

In this cool, seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave, a yakuza, fresh out of prison, becomes entangled with a beautiful and enigmatic gambling addict; what at first seems a redemptive relationship ends up leading him further down the criminal path. Bewitchingly shot and edited, and laced with a fever-dream-like score by Toru Takemitsu, this gangster romance was a breakthrough for the idiosyncratic Masahiro Shinoda. The pitch-black Pale Flower is an unforgettable excursion into the underworld.

Included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.

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