Play It Cool (1970)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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This Japanese melodrama chronicles the exploits of a geisha's beautiful daughter. The daughter is the geisha's pride and she spares nothing to insure that she has a bright future. But the hard-working young woman's dreams of becoming a dressmaker are shattered when her mother's newest lover forces himself upon her, and her mother kills him. The girl is devastated as her mother is sent to prison. She then becomes a nightclub hostess who plays cards with male patrons using her body as the prize. Fortunately, she is an exceptional card-player and doesn't have to sleep with too many. Then the club owner tells her he wants her for his mistress, but she rejects him and professes love for another. Upon the owner's death, her lover impregnates her so she can claim the child belongs to the late owner and will be entitled to his fortune.

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cards, cardsharp, child, claim, club [organization], customer, daughter, decadence, desire, disintegration, dressmaker, employment, fortune [wealth], geisha, girl, host, illegitimacy, Japan, killing, lover, mistress, murder, nightclub, owner, prison, rape, sleep, winner, play [recreation]