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Taiyô to bara (1956)

A young man ignores his mother's pleas and becomes drawn to a life of crime.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Ishihama ...
Masahiro Hase
Katsuo Nakamura ...
Kiyoshi Akiyama
Sadako Sawamura ...
Akiyama's mother
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Keiko Hase
Noriko Arita ...
Kaoru Akiyama
Hiroko Sugita ...
Yôko
Shinji Tanaka ...
Chôshichi Tsuji
...
Masahiro's mother
Ryûji Kita ...
Masahiro's father
Shin Tatsuoka ...
Sakurai (as Susumu Tatsuoka)
Fujio Suga ...
Sushi shop master
Mutsuko Sakura ...
Sushi shop lady
Mitsuko Yoshikawa ...
Neighbour on the left, Madame
Akio Isono ...
Neighbour on the left, Mister
Tamotsu Tamura ...
Jirô Yamanaka
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A young man ignores his mother's pleas and becomes drawn to a life of crime.

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14 November 1956 (Japan)  »

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The Rose on His Arm  »

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1.37 : 1
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Japanese teen angst
13 May 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A young Japanese man, living with his mother and two sisters, falls into an aimless existence, unable to find a future for himself alone but unable also to throw off entirely his sense of obligation to society and family. He is a deeply unhappy person who comes under the influence of a wealthier and much more malign, possibly sociopathic young delinquent.

After seeing Kinoshita's "Twenty Four Eyes", I appreciated the much tauter pace of "The Rose on His Arm." In fact, the editing was so tight and the story telling so minimal that there were times when it seemed a little under-told. The cinematography was good, the jazz score excellent. I find Japanese acting in these earlier films to be "melodramatic"—but recognise that there are cultural elements at play here.

Watching a film like this, you realise that there are some issues that are trans-cultural, but that they also play out in a very culturally defined way. Watching this movie alongside Rebel Without A Cause is quite eye-opening. The parents all but disappear in RWAC, but here the relationship between the young man and his mother is the cornerstone of the movie.


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