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Release Date:
January 1994 (USA) See more »
A kabuki actor's mistress hatches a jealous plot to bring down her lover's son. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

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

Chishû Ryû ... Shouting audience member (uncredited)

Directed by
Yasujirô Ozu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tadao Ikeda 
Yasujirô Ozu  story (as James Maki)

Cinematography by
Hideo Shigehara 
Film Editing by
Hideo Shigehara 
Art Direction by
Tatsuo Hamada 
Set Decoration by
Yoshio Hino 
Shintarô Mishima 
Makeup Department
Harue Haga .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kazuo Ishikawa .... assistant director
Gen Kenkichi .... assistant director
Hamao Negishi .... assistant director
Haruo Tanaka .... assistant director
Art Department
Yakichi Otani .... set designer
Ryôzô Sumida .... set designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Yûharu Atsuta .... lighting technician
Masao Irie .... lighting technician
Toshimitsu Nakajima .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Taizô Saitô .... costumer
Music Department
Donald Sosin .... composer: new piano score
Other crew
Kentarô Abe .... film development
Hidesaburô Fujioka .... title designer
Kiyomitsu Hinata .... text photography
Toshimi Nassho .... film development
Den Takayama .... stage manager

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ukikusa monogatari" - Japan (original title)
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86 min (24 fps)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Kihachi:I'm sorry for hitting you. Help my son become a great man.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Floating Weeds (1959)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Acting up, 19 August 2011
Author: GyatsoLa from Ireland

This is one of the earliest Ozu films widely available, and the Criterion version is outstanding in quality.

Its a perfect example of Ozu at his best. Its a gem of a film - beautifully shot, a perfect structure, funny, sad and fascinating. The story is simple enough - a traveling troupe arrive at a town, not realizing the reason the chief actor picked the town is because an old flame of his lives here with his son. His current girlfriend in her jealousy tries to stir things up, but things don't turn out as either expect.

What is most striking about the film is just how modern it seems. The characters are believable and funny, the female characters are strong and willful, while even the minor characters are nicely sketched out. The acting is nothing short of brilliant, which makes the whole film very entertaining - this is no period piece of academic interest only, its a great work of art and a wonderful film - a masterpiece really.

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