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A portrait of a troubled marriage in post World War II Japan.
Mild spoilers below:
Anzukko is a domestic drama written and directed by the great director Mikio Naruse. It is the story of Kyoko, nicknamed Anzukko (which can be translated as Little Peach, hence the sometimes used English title) who reaches marriageable age and has to choose between two suitors. One is a seemingly successful business man who is introduced by a match maker and the other is a book seller that she has known all of her life. She makes her decision early on and the rest of the movie details her efforts to make her marriage work. This is a quiet movie with small touches rather than sweeping gestures and it may tax the patience of many viewers. But the acting and direction are superb and make the movie worth watching. Recommended.
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