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Meshi (1951)

 -  Drama  -  21 September 1984 (USA)
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Michiyo lives in the small place Osaka and is not happy with her marriage, all she does is cook and clean for her husband.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Uehara ...
Hatsunosuke Okamoto
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Michiyo Okamoto
Yukiko Shimazaki ...
Satoko Okamoto
Yôko Sugi ...
Mitsuko Murata, Michiyo's sister-in-law
Akiko Kazami ...
Seiko Tomiyasu
Haruko Sugimura ...
Matsu Murata, Michiyo's mother
Ranko Hanai ...
Koyoshi Dohya
Hiroshi Nihon'yanagi ...
Kazuo Takenaka
Keiju Kobayashi ...
Shinzo Murata, Michiyo's brother
Akira Ôizumi
Ichirô Shimizu
Haruo Tanaka
Chieko Nakakita ...
Keiko Yamakita
Sayuri Tanima
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Michiyo moved to Osaka two years ago, when her husband Hatsunosuke who works at a stock brokerage was transfered from Tokyo. She wash, cook and clean 365 days a year. All the dreams and hopes she had when they got married five years ago seems to be gone. From here on we follow the everyday life of Mr. and Mrs. Okamoto. Written by MarlicOne {imdb@motechnet.com}

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A Glimpse Into An Unhappy Marriage
14 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've said this before in reviews here and I'll say it again: Stesuko Hara is a fantastic actress. She plays a housewife who after five years with her husband Hatsu (Ken Uehara) finds married life to be wanting. A visit from Hatsu's cousin, the very pretty, youthful Satako (Yukiko Shimazahi) brings further tension when she looks to spend time with Hatsu. Michiyo (Ms. Hara) doesn't know what to think, and, coupled with other instances like her husband coming home very drunk, suspects things. At times you see Michiyo clean in a way that suggests obsession, which could very well be just a way to mask the pain. Ms. Hara plays those scenes looking fairly dowdy, but when she dresses up to meet her old girlfriends, she is the radiant beauty that so often graces other great films she has acted in. One of the best things about this film is that during it you know what she should do, but, in a strange way, you don't want her to leave her husband. There are other smaller characters here, and they enhance the film. A fun scene for me was the tour of Osaka which Hatsu and Satako go on. I recently took a tour to Mount Fuji and the guide was exactly the same (except she spoke perfect English). It was just fun to see. Director Naruse, a master, wields a compelling story here and the casting of Setsuko Hara is an excellent choice. She is just wonderful. You can purchase this film with English subtitles in a box set released in the UK of Naruse which also includes "Sound From The Mountain" and "Flowing", as well as a book about the three films. I've not yet watched the other two films, but I will very soon. As for "Repast", I very highly recommend it. The combination of Mr. Naruse and Ms. Hara is inspired, dramatic and eminently watchable.


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