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A Hen in the Wind (1948)
"Kaze no naka no mendori" (original title)

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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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Tokiko Amamiya
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Shuichi Amamiya
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Akiko Ida
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Kazuichiro Satake
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Fusako Onada
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Orie Noma
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Hideo
Binnosuke Nagao
Kenzô Nakagawa
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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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Sober, unflinching examination of Japan's moral legacy post-WWII
13 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A sensitive and powerful examination of the moral compromises made during World War II and the toll they take on families. Kinuyo Tanaka gives another of her sensitive and compelling performances as a woman forced into prostitution to care for her sick child, and is unable to keep her secret when her husband returns from the front. Ozu takes on the topic of prostitution while steering well clear of its potential for sordidness (something I find both a virtue and a limitation... in some ways it's *too* tactful). The scenes between the two exceptional leads contribute to a film blessed with some of the most uncomortable scenes Ozu has filmed, delving deep into raw unresolved emotions of guilt, honor and devotion.


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