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Banshun (1949)

Not Rated | | Drama | 21 July 1972 (USA)
Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.

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Yumeji Tsukioka ...
Aya Kitagawa
Haruko Sugimura ...
Masa Taguchi
Hôhi Aoki ...
Katsuyoshi
Jun Usami ...
Shôichi Hattori
Kuniko Miyake ...
Akiko Miwa
Masao Mishima ...
Jo Onodera
Yoshiko Tsubouchi ...
Kiku
Yôko Katsuragi ...
Misako
Toyo Takahashi ...
Shige (as Toyoko Takahashi)
Jun Tanizaki ...
Seizô Hayashi
Ichirô Shimizu ...
Takigawa's master
Yôko Benisawa ...
Teahouse Proprietress
Manzaburo Umewaka ...
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Noriko is 27 years old and is still living with her father Somiya, a widower. Noriko just recovered from an illness she developed in the war, and now the important question pops up: when will Noriko start thinking about marriage? Everybody who is important in her life tries to talk her into it: her father, her aunt, a girlfriend. But Noriko doesn't want to get married, she seems extremely happy with her life. She wants to stay with her father to take care of him. After all, she knows best of his manners and peculiarities. But Noriko's aunt doesn't want to give up. She arranges a partner for her and thinks of a plan that will convince Noriko her father can be left alone. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Most of the movie takes place in Kita-Kamakura, about 30 miles from downtown Tokyo. Several years after the release of the film, the director, 'Yasujiro Ozu', moved with his mother to the area and spent the rest of his life there. (His tomb is also located there.) Furthermore, the film's star, Setsuko Hara, also eventually moved to the area and, as of May 2013, reportedly still lives there under her birth name, Masae Aida. See more »

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Setsuko Hara's remarkable performance highlights a powerful story of the role of women in post-war Japan
6 June 1999 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

Robin Woods in his fascinating new book of criticism "Sexual Politics and Narrative Film" writes eloquently about this film as a defining example of Ozu's films progressive nature. I would agree and add wholeheartedly that even after reading Wood's non-traditional take on Ozu I was still blown away by the film's rich identification with the character of Noriko (played by the legendary Setsuko Hara). The story is simple: Noriko a single Japanese woman is living a seemingly happy life caring for her widowed aging father. Social pressures, however, force family and friends to believe that Noriko can only be fulfilled by entering into marriage, although Noriko seems to have no interest in marriage herself. With this simple narrative Ozu is able to create a relationship between his characters that is so rich and complete we feel we know them. As always this is done with the smallest of carefully studied behavior and the precision of mise-en-scene over fancy editing and dazzling camera movements. A wonderful, heartbreakingly real movie from one of Japan's greatest directors.






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