A young war widow remembers her short time with her husband.




Cast overview:
Sayoko Aihara
Shinichi Yasaka
Isamu Kosugi ...
Naoya Yasaka
Moto Yasaka (as Toyoko Takahashi)
Akira Yamanouchi ...
Yûji Yasaka
Tamotsu Kawasaki ...
Hiroshi Aihara
Eiko Takamatsu ...
Old housekeeper
Fuyuki Murakami ...
Reiko Mizuki
Hajime Hamano ...
Saburô Yasaka
Fujiko Osafune ...
Yasuko Yasaka (as Tsujiyo Osafune)
Norio Ôtsuka ...
Takeshi Yasaka
Naomi Yoshitatsu ...
Masako Yasaka


A young war widow remembers her short time with her husband.

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Drama | Romance





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11 December 1947 (Japan)  »

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Phoenix  »

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1.37 : 1
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Decent melodrama
17 February 2013 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Somewhat reminiscent of Kinoshita's most famous film, Twenty-Four Eyes, in that its story takes place in two time periods, before the war and after it. A war widow, Kinuyo Tanaka (who starred in Ugetsu, Red Beard and Equinox Flower, among others), reminisces about her short courtship with her soldier husband (Keiji Sada, who also starred in several Ozu films, as well as The Human Condition). This is a touching, if not especially memorable, little melodrama. There's not much conflict in it. Most of the action takes place in the flashback, and we're well aware of Sada's fate. There are a handful of really fine sequences, however. I would have liked a little more sense of the historical setting, but what little is there is certainly interesting. This can be found on HuluPlus in their Criterion section. They have hundreds of films available that have never been available on video. Many, like this one, probably never will be.

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