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Three Sisters with Maiden Hearts (1935)
"Otome-gokoro - Sannin-shimai" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  1 March 1935 (Japan)
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Three sisters earn money for their bossy mother by being samisen street musicians. This means mainly playing a banjo type instrument for tips in bars... See full synopsis »

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Chikako Hosokawa ...
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Masako Tsutsumi ...
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Ryuko Umezono ...
Chieko
Chitose Hayashi ...
Hahaoya - the Mother
Chisato Matsumoto ...
O-Haru, youjo
Masako Sanjo ...
O-Shima, youjo
Mariyo Matsumoto ...
O-Kinu, youjo
Heihachirô Ôkawa ...
Aoyama
Kaoru Itô ...
Wampaku-kozou
Osamu Takizawa ...
Kosugi
Akira Kishii ...
Kyaku - the Guest
Kamatari Fujiwara ...
Yopparai - the Drunkard
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Three sisters earn money for their bossy mother by being samisen street musicians. This means mainly playing a banjo type instrument for tips in bars... See full synopsis »

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One of the masterworks of early sound
23 February 2005 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

Naruse's THREE SISTERS WITH MAIDEN HEARTS remains one of the most inventive and original early sound films made anywhere; its usage of voice-over, sound effects, and music to amplify the basic narrative is extraordinarily sophisticated. It's also one of Naruse's most poignant films, with its story of three sisters and their travails as traveling musicians. It's very little known, but deserved to be more widely seen. This film is also notable as one of the rare instances when Yasunari Kawabata wrote the original screen story; in 1954, Naruse would adapt Kawabata's novel THE SOUND FROM THE MOUNTAINS, but this early collaboration remains an instance where a distinctive literary sensibility was truly represented on the screen.


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