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Yoru no tsuzumi (1958)

When a married woman has an affair with a young musician, feudal Japanese law requires that both offenders pay with their lives. However, the woman's husband blames himself for his wife's ... See full summary »

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Rentarô Mikuni ...
Hikokurô Ogura
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Otane, Hikokurô's wife
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Miyaji, the drum teacher
Sumiko Hidaka ...
Oyura
Keiko Yukishiro
Tomoko Naraoka ...
Maid Orin
Emiko Azuma
Kikue Môri ...
Kiku, the grandmother
Shizue Natsukawa ...
Naka
Kichiemon Nakamura ...
Bunroku Ogura (as Mannosuke Nakamura)
Nobuo Kaneko ...
Yukaemon Isobe
Eijirô Tôno ...
Mataemon Kurokawa
Ichirô Sugai ...
Shirobei Ôta
Yoshi Katô ...
Heima Kanze
Taiji Tonoyama ...
Sangobei Masayama
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When a married woman has an affair with a young musician, feudal Japanese law requires that both offenders pay with their lives. However, the woman's husband blames himself for his wife's straying and attempts to thwart the law demanding capital punishment. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Remarkable Japanese romantic tragedy
23 July 2005 | by (Taipei, Taiwan) – See all my reviews

A Japanese classic from way back, of special interest to lovers of black and white cinematography. With elegant and dreamlike images, this unpretentious film evokes Japan's forgotten feudal world from the perspective of one wealthy household. As a simple story of an illicit affair (devoid of FX, commercial tie-ins, or anime) cynics may find it a bit melodramatic. But when I saw it as a teenager (in the 70s) it was heady stuff.

Like many older Japanese films, it examines the tug-of-war between rigid social rules and personal desire. Having broken an unyielding taboo, the central characters all pay a terrible price as the romance unfolds. Masayuki Mori is incandescent here, as intelligent and seductive as any male film star you're likely to see.


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