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What Did the Lady Forget? (1937)

Shukujo wa nani o wasureta ka (original title)
An affluent medical professor, Komiya, and his bossy wife, Tokio, are to look after Setsuko, their high-spirited niece from Osaka. Setsuko is a liberated woman who does what she wants, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Sumiko Kurishima ...
Tokiko, madam in Kojimachi
Tatsuo Saitô ...
Komiya
Michiko Kuwano ...
Setsuko
Shûji Sano ...
Okada
Takeshi Sakamoto ...
Sugiyama
Chôko Iida ...
Chiyoko Sugiyama
Ken Uehara ...
Movie star
Mitsuko Yoshikawa ...
Mitsuko, widow in Denen-chofu
Masao Hayama ...
Fujio
Tomio Aoki ...
Tomio
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Mitsuko Higashiyama ...
Tokyo geisha
Yaeko Izumo
Kazuko Komaki ...
Tokyo geisha
Yoshiko Kuhara ...
Tokyo geisha
Mitsuyo Mizushima ...
Tokyo geisha
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An affluent medical professor, Komiya, and his bossy wife, Tokio, are to look after Setsuko, their high-spirited niece from Osaka. Setsuko is a liberated woman who does what she wants, including smoking, even though she is a minor. On Saturday, the professor does not feel like going to his weekend golf game, but his wife packs him off anyway. So he leaves his bag at the apartment of his student Okada, and goes to a bar with a friend. Setsuko traces him there, and insists that he take her to a geisha house. When she gets rather tipsy, the professor calls Okada to take her home, while he sleeps at Okada's. The wife becomes suspicious of Setsuko when she sees Okada bringing her home, and also of her husband when she discovers that he did not go golfing. Written by Will Gilbert

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Ha ha, and then a slap
13 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of Ozu's most delightful comedies involves the minor household upheaval caused by a freewheeling Japanese debutante's visit to her henpecked professor uncle and his fussy wife. This film is blessed with a surfeit of small, droll gestures that amply demonstrate both the whimsicality and the sharpness of Ozu's observations of human behavior: the clucking communion of housewives, clever games played by singing schoolboys and the subtle, playful banter of relatives who know each others' foibles all too well. The schoolgirl character is of particular interest as a prototypical "liberated woman" who gets her uncle to take her to a geisha house and isn't afraid of letting her leg show under her skirt (here I wonder how much of this was influenced by the '30s Hollywood screwball comedies Ozu loved, or if it was truly indicative of emerging behavioral trends among Japanese women). Things come to a head though as the girl and her uncle conspire for a night away from her aunt, only to be confronted for their deception, leading to an unsettling moment when the aunt gets slapped. I'm not entirely satisfied with how Ozu's characters later shrug off this instance of domestic abuse as just another quirky behavior that can be turned on its ear. Nonetheless the film stands as a provocative exploration of male-female relationships amidst the shifting mores of modern society.


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