Otsuta is running the geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her business is heavily in debt. Her daughter Katsuyo doesn't see any future in her mothers trade in the late days of Geisha. But Otsuta ... See full summary »
What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money, and has become a wealthy money-lender, spending her days cold-heartedly collecting ... See full summary »
The story of a family in Tokyo who live under the same roof in a large house and include the widowed sixty-year-old mother, older son and his wife, the youngest daughter and the older ... See full summary »
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.
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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