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Mikio Naruse (screenplay)
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1 April 1933 (Japan) See more »
Two Geisha with a connection to a young man deal with life's hardships. | Add synopsis »
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Mitsuko Yoshikawa ... Kikue
Akio Isono
Sumiko Mizukubo ... Shôkiku
Reikichi Kawamura ... Shôkiku's father
Ryuko Fuji ... Shôkiku's mother
Yoko Fujita ... Shôkiku's younger sister
Tomio Aoki ... Shôkiku's younger brother (as Tokkan Kozô)
Chôko Iida
Kinuko Wakamizu
Ryoichi Takeuchi ... Guest
Tokuji Kobayashi ... Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jun Arai
Ureo Egawa ... Guest
Fusako Fujita
Shin'ichi Himori ... Guest
Shoichi Kofujita ... Student
Kyôko Mitsukawa
Kotarô Sekiguchi ... Young rascal #1
Mitsuru Wakamiya ... Young rascal #2
Teruko Wakamizu

Directed by
Mikio Naruse 
Writing credits
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Mikio Naruse  screenplay

Cinematography by
Suketarô Inokai 
Art Direction by
Tatsuo Hamada 
Set Decoration by
Kôjiro Kawasaki 
Matasaburo Okuno 
Costume Design by
Tose Tanaka 
Makeup Department
Rezu Sugimoto .... hair stylist
Art Department
Seizô Kubota .... set designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Shozo Noguchi .... gaffer
Other crew
Kiyomitsu Hinata .... text photography
Toshimi Nassho .... film development
Tomoyasu Shiga .... title designer
Takeo Tajiri .... stage manager
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Kimi to wakarete" - Japan (original title)
"After Our Separation" - USA
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61 min | Japan:72 min (20 fps) (35 mm version)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Tatami, broken bottle of sake, 4 March 2012
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

Even though Naruse is touted for his handle on the subtleties of the human character and has probably inspired a great many directors looking for the same, it seems like a short-sighted effect. Just this one layer about everyday anxieties that will presumably mirror your own. But no unfinished space to actually do so.

Cinematically the thing is fluid but ordinary, although probably you had to be young or a parent at the time to get the full effect: feudal modern structures that despair, young people who have to pursue life away from their heart. Western life is everywhere, yo-yos, music records, milk chocolate, but is still very slowly displacing the old customs: it just means that the geisha mother on top of her traditionally lecherous clientele will now also have to entertain foreigners with their fancy movie projector. Resolute girl preaches in the end that we'll have to be strong to make it through.

Well, this is pretty much the universal experience of life, life sucks and rarely goes your way, but we have come up with much more sophisticated ways to remind us. Even then, consider how the world was being discovered by the likes of Epstein.

This reminds me of that old anecdote - attributed to Joshu in The Gateless Gate - about a dunce looking for a fire with a lighted lantern to cook rice. Had he known what fire was, he would have cooked his rice much sooner.

So we have a lot of unease here from emotional fires but really not much clue what fuels them. If only the world was a little bit better and just, right? The eye is clear, or is thought to be, but the sight is dull. Not a clear eye at all when you think about it.

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