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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Shôtarô Hanayagi ...
Kikunosuke Onoue
Kôkichi Takada ...
Fukusuke Nakamura
Gonjurô Kawarazaki ...
Kikugoro Onoue
Kakuko Mori ...
Otoku
Tokusaburo Arashi ...
Shikan Nakamura
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Osata
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nobuko Fushimi ...
Onaka
Kikuko Hanaoka ...
Eiryu
Kisho Hanayagi ...
Tamisaburo Onoue
Ryôtarô Kawanami ...
Eiju Dayu
Yoneko Mogami ...
Otsura, Genshun's daughter
Tamitaro Onoue ...
Tamizo Onoue
Benkei Shiganoya ...
Genshun Amma
Fujiko Shirakawa
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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 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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Referenced in Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (1975) See more »

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Interesting but hardly great - Japan "Gone with the Wind"
23 October 2009 | by (Moscow, USSR) – See all my reviews

I've read some very exciting comments about this picture and in the middle of the movie I realized how I'm disappointed a bit. Keep your expectations low, lads. It's not Mizoguchi's screenplay like "Sisters of Gion", this movie based on a book. Classic story, very predictable, with straightforward acting, especially lead woman with tears and tempted voice all the time.

Although a beautiful visual look, I couldn't connect myself with the movie. Unlike to "Naniwa ereji" (Osaka Elegy, 1936) and "Gion no shimai" (Sisters of the Gion, 1936), which are also very simple, but truthful and realistic, with sudden thought provocative endings. I prefer and recommend this movies ahead of "Zangiku monogatari".


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