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A Hen in the Wind (1948)

Kaze no naka no mendori (original title)
A man returns from World War II to find his desperate wife has resorted to one night of prostitution to pay for their son's hospital bills.

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Tokiko Amamiya
Shûji Sano ...
Shuichi Amamiya
Chieko Murata ...
Akiko Ida
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Kazuichiro Satake
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Hôhi Aoki ...
Shoichi
Chiyoko Fumiya ...
Fusako Onada
Keiko Izumi ...
Nurse #2
Reiko Minakami ...
Orie Noma
Kôji Mitsui ...
Hideo
Binnosuke Nagao
Kenzô Nakagawa
Sakae Nakayama ...
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Fumiko Okamura ...
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Fujiyo Osafune
Takeshi Sakamoto ...
Hikozo Sakai
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A man returns from World War II to find his desperate wife has resorted to one night of prostitution to pay for their son's hospital bills.

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17 September 1948 (Japan)  »

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Referenced in I Lived, But... (1983) See more »

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Yume awaki Tôkyô
Music by Yûji Koseki
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Domestic violence and the aftermath of war
23 October 1999 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Kaze no Naka no Mendori deals with a very serious social problem of the time -- the return of those away at war. Frequently supposed dead and often delayed by years after the war's end, returning soldiers came back to families that had had to make all manner of compromises and sacrifices related to their absence. Often the returnees found that their wives had re-married, or worse...

This is one such story. Unusual for Ozu in that it depicts actual physical family violence. A bit shocking if you are used to his other films, in which disapproval is often expressed with raised eyebrows and silence.

A good film with fine performances.


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