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Miss Oyu (1951)

Oyû-sama (original title)
| Drama | May 1981 (USA)
Shinnosuke is introduced to Shizu as a prospective marriage partner, but he falls in love with her widowed sister Oyu. Convention forbids Oyu to marry because she has to raise her son as ... See full summary »

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Oyû Kayukawa
Nobuko Otowa ...
Shizu
Yûji Hori ...
Shinnosuke Seribashi
Kiyoko Hirai ...
Osumi
Reiko Kongô ...
Otsugi Kayukawa
Eijirô Yanagi ...
Eitaro
Eitarô Shindô ...
Kusaemon
Kanae Kobayashi ...
Nanny
Fumihiko Yokoyama ...
Book-keeper
Jun Fujikawa ...
Book-keeper
Sôji Shibata ...
Book-keeper
Inosuke Kuhara ...
Boy
Ayuko Fujishiro ...
Waitress
Shôzô Nanbu ...
Doctor
Midori Komatsu ...
Hostess
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Shinnosuke is introduced to Shizu as a prospective marriage partner, but he falls in love with her widowed sister Oyu. Convention forbids Oyu to marry because she has to raise her son as the head of her husband's family. Oyu convinces Shinnosuke and Shizu to marry so that she can remain close to Shinnosuke. Written by Will Gilbert

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Lady Ôyu  »

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Another amazing Mizoguchi's film
2 November 2011 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Shinnosuke accepts to marry Shizu in order to be closer to her sister, a widowed wife and mother of a son. Shizu proposes him marriage because doing so would mean staying near her sister, not marrying him and marrying another man would mean to separate from her. Japanese customs forbid Oyu (shizu's sister) to marry another man because it is her duty to educate his son for him to become one day the head of her deceased husband family. Oyu has the same feelings Shinnosuke has for her, so the marriage between him and her sister allows them to be together apparently with no suspicion. The three of them develop a strange bond.

There's really not much to say about the technical aspects in this film, if you know Mizoguchi's directing you know you're in good hands. Anyway though, as usual, the scenes are beautifully shot. I even found myself really liking the music here, it adds perfectly to the atmosphere.

Overall, this is another another great film from Mizoguchi that's worth the time.


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