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Release Date:
20 April 1964 (USA) See more »
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The tale of a 17th century samurai's daughter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Kinuyo Tanaka ... Oharu
Tsukie Matsuura ... Tomo, Oharu's Mother
Ichirô Sugai ... Shinzaemon, Oharu's Father

Toshirô Mifune ... Katsunosuke
Toshiaki Konoe ... Lord Harutaka Matsudaira
Kiyoko Tsuji ... Landlady
Hisako Yamane ... Lady Matsudaira
Jûkichi Uno ... Yakichi Ogiya
Eitarô Shindô ... Kahe Sasaya
Akira Ôizumi ... Fumikichi, Sasaya's Friend
Kyôko Kusajima ... Sodegaki
Masao Shimizu ... Kikuoji
Daisuke Katô ... Tasaburo Hishiya
Toranosuke Ogawa ... Yoshioka
Hiroshi Oizumi ... Manager Bunkichi
Haruyo Ichikawa ... Lady-in-waiting Iwabashi
Yuriko Hamada ... Otsubone Yoshioka
Noriko Sengoku ... Lady-in-waiting Sakurai
Sadako Sawamura ... Owasa
Masao Mishima ... Taisaburo Hishiya
Eijirô Yanagi ... Forger
Chieko Higashiyama ... Myokai, the Old Nun

Takashi Shimura ... Old Man
Benkei Shiganoya ... Jihei
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Directed by
Kenji Mizoguchi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Saikaku Ihara  novel "Koshuku Ichidai Onna"
Kenji Mizoguchi 
Yoshikata Yoda 

Produced by
Hideo Koi .... producer
Kenji Mizoguchi .... producer
Isamu Yoshiji .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ichirô Saitô 
 
Cinematography by
Yoshimi Hirano 
Yoshimi Kono 
 
Film Editing by
Toshio Gotô 
 
Production Design by
Hiroshi Mizutani 
 
Other crew
Isamu Yoshi .... historical consultant
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Saikaku ichidai onna" - Japan (original title)
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148 min | USA:133 min
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This film, which was director Kenji Mizoguchi's dream project, was severely under-financed, and the production was forced to use a warehouse instead of a regular sound stage. This warehouse happened to be located near railways, and each time a train passed by, they had to stop shooting, which made the shooting of the film even more difficult with the director's obsessive use of long, continuous, uninterrupted takes. The same warehouse was also used for Josef Von Sternberg's film 'The Saga of Anatahan'.See more »
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A poor woman, 27 April 2005
Author: Atavisten from Tellus

It was sickening to witness how Ohara was treated by the noble men of high rank and even by her father. She is a strong and proud woman, but she has a series of misfortunes of things she could not very well control herself. Because of her looks, her pride and her birth she is put, mostly by force, into various agreements that are disgrading and she meets little compassion.

That said, as this is based on a novel by Iharu Saikaku, it has strong tendencies towards being epic in approach. This is not a bad thing, but it takes on being a fairytale almost instead of gaining credibility like say 'Donzoko' by Kurosawa. For emotional impact Mizoguchi is an absolute master however and this tragic tale could not be outdone by any other.

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