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The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (1939)
"Zangiku monogatari" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  15 January 1979 (USA)
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In Tokyo in 1888, Kikunosuke Onoue, the adoptive son of an important actor, discovers that he is praised for his acting only because he is his father's heir, and that the troupe complains ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Shôtarô Hanayagi ...
Kikunosuke Onoue
Kôkichi Takada ...
Fukusuke Nakamura
Gonjurô Kawarazaki ...
Kikugoro Onoue
Kakuko Mori ...
Tokusaburo Arashi ...
Shikan Nakamura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nobuko Fushimi ...
Kikuko Hanaoka ...
Kisho Hanayagi ...
Tamisaburo Onoue
Ryôtarô Kawanami ...
Eiju Dayu
Yoneko Mogami ...
Otsura, Genshun's daughter
Tamitaro Onoue ...
Tamizo Onoue
Benkei Shiganoya ...
Genshun Amma
Fujiko Shirakawa


In Tokyo in 1888, Kikunosuke Onoue, the adoptive son of an important actor, discovers that he is praised for his acting only because he is his father's heir, and that the troupe complains how bad he is behind his back. The only person to talk to him honestly about his acting is Otoku, the wet-nurse of his adoptive father's child. She is fired by the family, and Kikunosuke is forbidden to see her, because of the gossip a relationship with a servant would cause. Kikunosuke falls in love with Otoku, and leaves home to try to make a living on his own merits outside Tokyo. He is eventually joined by Otoku, who encourages him to become a famous actor to regain the recognition of his family. Written by Will Gilbert

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15 January 1979 (USA)  »

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Zangiku monogatari  »

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Referenced in Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (1975) See more »

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a very hard film to rate
18 December 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I wish I spoke fluent Japanese--then I am sure I could have enjoyed the movie so much more. That's because this movie had horrible subtitles and often sentences or more were simply left untranslated or 50 words in Japanese were distilled down to only 3 or 4 words. In essence, the translators were very lazy and did a terrible job. Some might not mind this, but since I am a very avid fan of Japanese films it seriously detracted from the experience. This does NOT mean it is unwatchable or you should avoid it. In fact, if anyone knows of a better version available to Western audiences, let me know.

The plot itself seems very familiar and is reminiscent of some other films, as its main ideas are respect for your elders and unrequited love. The main character is madly in love with his step-brother's nursemaid and the family strongly opposes it. I don't really think I need to divulge more but felt that the actors did a fine job and the story itself was interesting.

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