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Gubijinsô (1935)

| Drama | 1981 (USA)
Based on Soseki Natsume's 1908 novel of the same title, Poppy is an ornately complicated story of desire and ambition. Fujio is beautiful, talented, well-heeled, and engaged to Munechika, a... See full summary »

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Ichirô Tsukida ...
Daijirô Natsukawa ...
Hajime Munechika
Kazuyoshi Takeda ...
Kingo Kôno
Chiyoko Ôkura ...
Sayako Inoue
Yûkichi Iwata ...
Tomotaka Inoue
Kuniko Miyake ...
Fujio Kôno
Tôichirô Negishi ...
Asai
Mitsugu Terajima ...
Munechika's father
Kasuke Koizumi ...
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Ayako Nijo ...
Itoko
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Based on Soseki Natsume's 1908 novel of the same title, Poppy is an ornately complicated story of desire and ambition. Fujio is beautiful, talented, well-heeled, and engaged to Munechika, a rising young diplomat. She has promised him a gold watch, a family heirloom, as an emblem of their engagement. But she falls in love with Ono, a student employed to tutor her in English, who is attracted by her beauty and wealth. Ono is himself bound by an engagement to Sayoko, the daughter of his mentor, Professor Inoue. The self-centered Fujio is ready to forsake everything for Ono, but he is prevailed upon to go ahead with his marriage to Sayoko. Fujio then offers the watch to Munechika who, perceiving Fujio's true feelings, hurls the watch into the sea. Written by Anonymous

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Mizo meets Ozu?
5 February 2013 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

I watched this in a box set from France with French subtitles, as that may be the only way to see it currently. The audio is inferior and some sequences not really restored at all or not capable of being restored. But it's still worth it. In many ways, this strikes me as more like Ozu than vintage Mizoguchi as the main protagonists are often seen as simple types of great humility, albeit the father wants to make a better life for his daughter by persuading the boy he adopted to marry her. This man, Ono, now about to finish his doctorate, wavers between the homely Sayako and his more elegant suitor, the upper-class Fujio, who is in turn betrothed to his friend Hajime Munechika. It all seems pretty straightforward until a twist near the end which forces you to completely revise your idea of the otherwise upright if somewhat awkward Ono as well as of Hajime. Fujio is played by a radiant Kuniko Miyake, who apparently was a last- minute replacement for the equally radiant Isuzu Yamada. It doesn't quite have the punch of Osaka Elegy and Sisters of the Gion, which came soon afterwards, and it definitely resides in melodrama territory, but it's Mizoguchi territory all the same.


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