RED-LIGHT DISTRICT, the film by Kenji Mizoguchi, translated and annotated by D.J. Rajakaruna. Colombo: S. Godage & Brothers, 2001. 182 pp., $12.50 (paper)

Kenji Mizoguchi’s last film, the 1956 “Akasen Chitai” (“Red-Light District,” aka “Street of Shame”) may not be one of his best pictures but it is one of his most interesting. As D.J. Rajakaruna, who here translates the entire script, writes: “It is not a great film like ‘The Life of Oharu’ or ‘Ugetsu’ but (it is) a document of historical and sociological importance.”

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