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A Story of Floating Weeds (1934)
"Ukikusa monogatari" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  January 1994 (USA)
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A kabuki actor's mistress hatches a jealous plot to bring down her lover's son.

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Credited cast:
Takeshi Sakamoto ...
Kihachi
Chôko Iida ...
Otsune, Ka-yan
Kôji Mitsui ...
Shinkichi (as Hideo Mitsui)
Rieko Yagumo ...
Otaka
Yoshiko Tsubouchi ...
Otoki
Tomio Aoki ...
Tomi-boh
Reikô Tani ...
Tomibo's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kiyoshi Aono ...
Sword trainer
Mariko Aoyama ...
Barber's landlady
Mitsumura Ikebe ...
Villager
Seiji Nishimura ...
Kichi, an actor
Mitsuru Wakamiya ...
Station attendant
Emiko Yagumo
Nagamasa Yamada ...
Maako, an actor
Munenobu Yui
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A troupe of actors comes to town, short on funds and bedeviled by bad weather, so they can't put on shows. Kihachi is the troupe's leader. He steals off every day to visit Otsune (an ex-lover) and their son, Shinkichi, who believes his father is a long-dead civil servant. Kihachi has been paying Shinkichi's tuition, and he's now at university. Kihachi's lover, Otaka, the troupe's lead actress, learns Kihachi's secret and plots to ruin Shinkichi and humiliate Kihachi: she offers money to Otoki, the troupe's ingénue, to seduce Shinkichi. Soon the boy is head over heels, and Otoki finds herself with feelings for him. Can this end well or is tragedy at hand? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Kihachi: What did you plan to do with my son?
Otaka: Who cares about your son?... He's cheap, like you, playing with actresses.
[Kihachi beats Otaka]
Otaka: Are you sorry? I hope you'll be very sorry. The world is like a lottery. You take your ups and downs.
Otaka: Let's make up please. That makes us even, you see. Just think how I feel.
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Remade as Floating Weeds (1959) See more »

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Story of Floating Weeds
12 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Story of Floating Weeds, The (1934)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A traveling actor returns to a town where his his old flame lives, which causes complications with his current girlfriend and the son who doesn't know he's the father. This was my first film by Yasujiro Ozu and I'm really not sure the reputation this one has over the remake but this here really didn't work for me. The story never fully grabbed my attention and I must say that some of the dialogue was pretty lame, although I've heard some Japanese words don't translate very well to English so perhaps this had something to do with it. The visual style of the film is really the only thing that kept me awake. The stark photography and lush blacks really look terrific and the simple direction also works well.


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