A few days in the life of a quiet geisha, single mother of a young, smart boy, in the lively Tokyo quarter of Ginza. A woman devoted to other people's needs, she will end by taking part ... See full summary »
Tetsuo is a young man living in Tokyo, who falls in love with a deaf-mute factory girl. He has always felt jealous of his college- educated brother, but ultimately wins both the girl and ... See full summary »
How is it possible that Hideko Takamine can transform herself into this character so easily? My answer is that she was, 100%, an actress of heart. (Unlike so many Japanese actors and actresses these days who can only make faces.) And she does great things with her heart. She was by far one of the most talented actresses in the 20th century not only in Japan but anywhere. After playing several of Fumiko Hayashi's characters, Deko-Chan plays Fumiko Hayashi herself in Hourou-ki. And it is amazing to watch. From the beginning of the movie there is a deep sadness on Fumiko's face; and even when she is expressing other emotions in the movie, that sadness is still there in her face it never goes away. Wow. I think that unlike most actors and actresses Hidoko Takamine can completely transform herself into her character; erase herself completely
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