7.6/10
155
3 user 2 critic

She Was Like a Wild Chrysanthemum (1955)

Nogiku no gotoki kimi nariki (original title)
An old man, being rowed along a river, sees a field of daisies (or Wild Chrysanthemums, as they are described in the title, or starworts, as they are referred to in the subtitles), and ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (script)
Reviews
2 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita
Stars: Hideki Gôko, Itsuo Watanabe, Makoto Miyagawa
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Alternating in time, between the end of World War II and 1953, Haruko, a widow, does what she can to keep her daughter Utako and son Seiichi safe, fed, and sheltered. By 1953, it's clear ... See full summary »

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita
Stars: Yûko Mochizuki, Yôko Katsuragi, Masami Taura
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The personal tales of various prostitutes who occupy a Japanese brothel.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Machiko Kyô, Aiko Mimasu, Ayako Wakao
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A tragic social drama set in post war Japan and concerns a lonely women trying to find purpose and stability in a devastated Tokyo.

Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Hideko Takamine, Masayuki Mori, Mariko Okada
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Ishun is a wealthy, but unsympathetic, master printer who has wrongly accused his wife and best employee of being lovers. To escape punishment, the accused run away together, but Ishun is certain to be ruined if word gets out.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A kabuki theatre-inflected story about a poor village whose people have to be carried to a nearby mountain to die once they get old.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Teiji Takahashi, Yûko Mochizuki
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A girl who had left her home village for life in Tokyo returns to her home years later, and evokes a scandal when the locals discover that she's a stripper.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita
Stars: Hideko Takamine, Shûji Sano, Chishû Ryû
Crazed Fruit (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Spending their summer on an exotic beach, two brothers fall for the same beautiful girl, whose charm and looks may hide more than they they bargained for.

Director: Kô Nakahira
Stars: Masahiko Tsugawa, Yûjirô Ishihara, Mie Kitahara
Flowing (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Otsuta is running the geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her business is heavily in debt. Her daughter Katsuyo doesn't see any future in her mothers trade in the late days of Geisha. But Otsuta ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Isuzu Yamada, Hideko Takamine
Yôkihi (1955)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In eighth century China, the Emperor is grieving over the death of his wife. The Yang family wants to provide the Emperor with a consort so that they may consolidate their influence over ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Sô Yamamura
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A flashback story of a young man, from his disgraced birth ,his harsh life and his forbidden love, until when broken-hearted, can break out in search of a place where to live means more than being alive.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita
Stars: Keiko Kishi, Ineko Arima, Yoshiko Kuga
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima
Stars: Kei Satô, Fumio Watanabe, Hôsei Komatsu
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Noriko Arita ...
Tamiko
...
Masao - Age 73
Haruko Sugimura ...
Masao's mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Toshio Kobayashi
Kappei Matsumoto
Kazuko Motohashi ...
Tamiko's Mother
Nobuo Takagi ...
Tamiko's father
Shinji Tanaka ...
Masao, as a teenager
Kumeko Urabe ...
Grandmother
Keiko Yukishiro ...
Tamiko's older sister
Edit

Storyline

An old man, being rowed along a river, sees a field of daisies (or Wild Chrysanthemums, as they are described in the title, or starworts, as they are referred to in the subtitles), and thinks back to when he was fifteen. He recalls his time with, and away from, the girl cousin he grew up with and would have married, except the family and other pressures got in the way. Written by sharptongue

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

tragedy | based on novel | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 January 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

You Were Like a Wild Chrysanthemum  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Grandmother: Kane, you're acting awfully happy about the outcome. But you're Tamiko's mother.
Tamiko's father: What are you saying, Grandma?
Grandmother: Can't you understand how Tamiko's feeling?
Tamiko's Mother: Aren't you happy about this?
Grandmother: Of course I'm happy. Very joyous. But I want to tell you something. I turned 60 this year. When I look back on my life of 60 years, the happiest moment was when I married Grandpa who's no longer with us. That moment alone was worth being alive in this world. The rest of the events in my life pale in comparison.
Tamiko's father: Are...
[...]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Kinoshita's excellent cinematic achievement
13 March 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is based on Sachio Ito's novel titled "Nogiku no Haka" literally meaning "The Grave in a Daisy Flower Bed." The novel starts with a thirty-something Masao's monologue in which he decides to write down what happened to him and Tamiko when he was young. He says he cannot stop thinking of those happy and sad days over and over again. Masao remembers that Tamiko was pressured by the family and relatives to accept a marriage offer and died not long after she got married. Masao is married now through a similar marriage arrangement. At the end of the novel, Masao recalls the day when he visited the home of Tamiko's parents soon after her death. Masao was told that Tamiko was holding his photograph and a letter in her hand when she was found dead. It was the letter he gave her just before he left home to start a new school life. Masao and Tamiko's family visited her grave together and he saw her graveyard surrounded by full of daisies. He planted more daisies around. He admits his lasting emotion of love. In the film version, Kinoshita, the director, extends the original story by portraying Masao as an aged man of 73 years old. The elderly gentleman is on a dingy being rowed against the stream on his way to Tamiko's grave. The creation of an old Masao was an excellent cinematic achievement by the master director, who was able to enhance an incidental and passing emotion felt between two people in their youth into an eternal life-long love that is profoundly touching the emotions of the audience of all ages. "My First Love Affair" was chosen for the title of this film but it seems to miss the point that the director may have wished to make in the film. "My Love" or "My Only Love" may ring better as the title of this masterpiece. Kinoshita chose a title "Nogiku no Gotoki Kimi nariki", literally meaning "You were like a daisy in the field".


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss She Was Like a Wild Chrysanthemum (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?