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

Not Rated  |   |  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 ...
Chôko Iida ...
Kôji Mitsui ...
Shinkichi (as Hideo Mitsui)
Rieko Yagumo ...
Yoshiko Tsubouchi ...
Tomio Aoki ...
Reikô Tani ...
Tomibo's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kiyoshi Aono ...
Sword trainer
Mariko Aoyama ...
Barber's landlady
Mitsumura Ikebe ...
Seiji Nishimura ...
Kichi, an actor
Mitsuru Wakamiya ...
Station attendant
Emiko Yagumo
Nagamasa Yamada ...
Maako, an actor
Munenobu Yui


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: I'll go away again.
Otsune, Ka-yan: Shinkichi has accepted you in his heart.
Kihachi: I don't want him to feel awkward because of me. Let me go as the usual carefree uncle one last time. I'll start up in business again. If I do well, I'll return again. I'll be a great actor so Shinkichi won't be ashamed of me. And you can thank me with a curtain call.
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27 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched the DVD with the piano score, which I recommend. The film is about a traveling acting troupe who go to a village in Japan. Kihachi (a great Takeshi Sakamoto) has lover in this town, as well as a college age son, who doesn't know Kihachi is his father. Kihachi's present mistress Otaka sends younger member Otoki (the pretty Yoshiko Tsubouchi) to spend time with the boy, as an act of revenge after hearing of Kihachi's lover and son. I have seen the remake first and will again after this, but this version plays out perfectly. Its actually not much different, the main differences being the kind of locale (the remake is in a seaside village), this is silent and it is in black and white. I think you'll care about these characters. The great Ozu's approach is his patented simplicity in design and mood. The movie is mostly dramatic with the odd comic touch. Buy the double DVD and watch both versions. I think you'll find both very worthwhile.

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