|Directed by||Masahiro Shinoda|
|Written by||Masaru Baba
|Story by||Shintaro Ishihara|
|Music by||Toru Takemitsu|
|Running time||96 minutes|
Pale Flower (乾いた花 Kawaita hana?) is a 1964 Japanese crime film directed by Masahiro Shinoda. The film is about Muraki (Ryo Ikebe) a Yakuza hitman just released from prison. At an illegal gambling parlor, he finds himself drawn to a mysterious young woman named Saeko (Mariko Kaga). Though Saeko loses large sums of money, she asks Muraki to find games with larger and larger stakes. The two become involved in an intense mutually destructive relationship.
Director Shinoda was influenced by Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal while making the film. Shinoda chose the subject of yakuza as he felt the yakuza world is the only place where a Japanese ceremonial structure is sustained.
Homevision released a Region 1 DVD of Pale Flower on November 18, 2003. The Criterion Collection have released a new DVD and Blu-ray edition of the film and features a new video interview with Masahiro Shinoda and selected-scene audio commentary by film scholar Peter Grilli .
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