Woman can't find a decent job, meanwhile being dumped by her boyfriend and writing on the side. people say her writing on poverty is good, but she can't sell it and continues with dead end ...

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Fumiko Hayashi
Akira Takarada ...
Fukuya
Daisuke Katô ...
Nobuo Sadaoka
Keiju Kobayashi ...
Fujiyama
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Kishi, Fumiko's mother
Mitsuko Kusabue ...
Kyôko Hinatsu
Noboru Nakaya ...
Haruhiko Itatsu
Yûnosuke Itô ...
Gorô Shirasaka
Jun Tatara ...
Tamura
Masao Oda ...
Fumiko's father
Takeshi Katô ...
Uenoyama
Tomoko Fumino ...
Yasuko Murano
Chôko Iida
Machiko Kitagawa
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Woman can't find a decent job, meanwhile being dumped by her boyfriend and writing on the side. people say her writing on poverty is good, but she can't sell it and continues with dead end factory and bar hostess jobs and occasional heavy drinking. She gets together with another aspiring writer who can't sell his work either. Despite she doing all she can for him and his TB, he abuses her verbally and eventually physically. She walks out, comes back, walks out again. A kind man helps her occasionally, but she rejects his proposal. After two hours of this, the last ten minutes of the film shows her literary success.

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Hi De Hideko
25 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've seen four films (None on DVD) of Hideko Takamine, three with director Mikio Naruse, and She certainly must have been one of the dominate Star's of Japanese film in her age. Going by the IMDb, She started in silent film in 29 and then did roughly a movie a year before retiring in 79.

Houroki-ki is a good film with a masterful performance from Takamine, She curls her body in a sensual pout whenever sizing up the situation, determined to rise above it even as She feigns not caring. Naruse's work is steady and intelligent and here the film never quite falls into "soap opera", as some of Takamine's vehicles seemed too.

I really recommend this one and "The Four Chimneys;" it's about time more

was known in the West of the impressive Ms. Takamine.


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