Yoshiwara. 1937. France. Directed by Max Ophüls. Screenplay by Ophüls, Arnold Lipp, based on a novel by Maurice Dekobra. With Pierre Richard-Willm, Sessue Hayakawa, Michiko Tanaka. 102 min.
Sold as a geisha to support her impoverished aristocratic family, the beautiful Kohana (Michiko Tanaka) soon finds herself with two protectors: a Russian officer (Pierre Richard-Willm) and a loyal family servant (Sessue Hayakawa). Ambitiously, Ophüls originally planned to shoot this rare feature on location in Japan, but had to settle for a Japanese garden in the suburbs of Paris, which perhaps accounts for his personal dislike of this not-uninteresting film.