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Akitsu Springs (1962)
"Akitsu onsen" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  15 June 1962 (Japan)
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The day before Japan announces its defeat in WW2, a very ill Shusaku arrives in Okayama. He meets Shinko, an innkeeper, who inadvertently gives him the will to live as he spies her crying ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Mariko Okada ...
Shinko
Hiroyuki Nagato ...
Shusaku Kawamoto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sumiko Hidaka ...
Otami
Asao Koike ...
Osaki
Kôjirô Kusanagi ...
Army
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Tsuda
Akira Nagoya ...
Shimamura
Masako Nakamura ...
Harue
Fukuko Sayo ...
Osumi
Tsutomu Shimomoto ...
Army Doctor
Toyo Takahashi ...
Geisha
Taiji Tonoyama ...
Rokusuke
Imari Tsuji ...
Woman in Okayama
Eijirô Tôno ...
Priest
Jûkichi Uno ...
Kenkichi Matsumiya
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The day before Japan announces its defeat in WW2, a very ill Shusaku arrives in Okayama. He meets Shinko, an innkeeper, who inadvertently gives him the will to live as he spies her crying one day. As romance blossoms, the secret death wish he'd brought with him contends with true love for precedence in their relationship. Based on the book by Shinya Fujiwara. Written by MichelleYeohFan

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Yoshishige Yoshida's first collaboration with his future wife, legendary Japanese actress 'Mariko Okada'. See more »

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One of the real and the best masterpiece in Japan.
3 September 2001 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

"Akitsu onsen" is one of the real and the best masterpiece in the history of Japanese cinema. It is not a lie. This is a little story on love affairs of a couple, and on an end of the love, and, on an endless love between 17 years until the death of a woman. We movie fan must see this film. There are not only Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu in Japan. The director, Yoshishige Yoshida, explained in this sweet and bitter melodrama that all the trials for the democracy in Japan after the World War II had not succeeded at all.

Yoshida was one of the great directors in Japan, but until now, he would never make the films like as "Akitsu onsen". His work became more radical year by year after he departed from Shochiku Ofuna Studio.


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