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The Straits of Love and Hate (1937)

Aien kyo (original title)
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Credited cast:
Taizô Fukami
Akira Harue
Kiyoshi Katô
Seizaburô Kawazu ...
Yoshitaro Suzuki
Yutaka Mimasu ...
Kenkichi's father
Kaoru Nobe ...
Satako
Joe Ohara
Masao Shimizu ...
Kenkichi, Owner of Inn
Ichirô Sugai ...
Sanjuro Mori
Chieko Takehisa
Suzuko Taki
Haruo Tanaka ...
Kinkichi's friend, Hirose
Hiroshi Ueda
Kumeko Urabe ...
Ume
Fumiko Yamaji ...
Fumi Murakami
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Mizoguchi version of "Resurrection."
31 December 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The Tolstoi novel, already filmed in Japan as KARUSHA in 1914, is a distant progenitor of this contemporary account.

Typical Mizoguchi weepy. The inn maid finds her affair with the manager is opposed by his parents. Separated, the girl is forced to give up her child but later, with her entertainer partner, retrieves it and returns to the snow bound inn.

The film making is sophisticated, particularly for the mid thirties, with the influence of the German Street Films evident. Strong imagery, composition in depth, long trackings, atmospheric interiors intercut with location shooting, where distant factory chimneys belch smoke.

Every so often direction tries too hard. This is not comparable to the fifties costume film trio.

A good copy of the Black and white original must have been impressive.


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