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This is the story of Mama, a.k.a. Keiko, a middle-aged bar hostess who must choose to either get married or buy a bar of her own. Her family hounds her for money, her customers for her attention, and she is continually in debt. The life of a bar hostess is examined as well as the way in which the system traps and sometimes kills those in it. Written by
This film directed by Mikio Naruse is a feminist social drama centered on a recently widowed middle-aged bar hostess in Tokyo, Japan during the late '50s/early '60s struggling to keep things in order and trying to gain independence in a male-dominated society. She faces many difficulties with her family and in her work, besides the fact that she is constantly wooed by some customers. As a portrait of an era and of a situation that, as far I know, still continues to this day not only in Japan but in many parts of the globe as well, this movie is worth-watching and very interesting. At times it had some pacing issues and the plot got somewhat repetitive, but in spite of that, it had some really poignant moments and the ending was very moving and lyrically symbolic.
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