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9 November 1962 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Hideko Takamine ... Yoshiko, Ishikawa-ke no yome
Yôko Tsukasa ... Ishikawa Natsuko
Yuriko Hoshi ... Ishikawa Yukiko
Reiko Dan ... Kanamori Shizuko
Keiko Awaji ... Hashimoto Michiko
Mitsuko Kusabue ... Ishikawa Umeko
Haruko Sugimura ... Aki, Ishikawa-ke no gosai
Akemi Kita ... Yasuko, Matsuyo no musume
Yatsuko Tan'ami ... Ranko, Jiro no tsuma
Aiko Mimasu ... Tamura Matsuyo
Akira Takarada ... Rokkakuya Kou, Aki no senpu no ko
Tatsuya Mihashi ... Hashimoto Masaaki, Michiko no otto
Keiju Kobayashi ... Ishikawa Jiro, jinan
Yôsuke Natsuki ... Aoyama Yutaka
Daisuke Katô ... Tamura Ryokichi, Matsuyo no otto

Chishû Ryû ... Ishikawa Kinjiro
Ryôsuke Kagawa
Kenzaburô Ôsawa ... Ken, Yasuko no musuko
Kunio Ôtsuka
Senkichi Ômura ... Kyaku
Akira Tani
Kumeko Otowa ... Komiya no tsuma
Atsuko Ichinomiya
Yû Sekida ... Komiya
Yasuhiko Saijô
Toshio Miura
Masayoshi Kawabe
Mitsuru Ushioda ... Sasaki Tatsuo
Teruko Mita ... Geshukunin A
Toki Shiozawa ... Geshukunin B
Noriko Sakabe ... Taeko, Jiro no musume
Naoko Sakabe ... Chieko, Jiro no musume
Rumi Konishi ... Suzuki Yoshie

Directed by
Mikio Naruse 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Toshirô Ide 
Zenzô Matsuyama 

Produced by
Sanezumi Fujimoto .... producer
Hidehisa Suga .... co-producer
Original Music by
Ichirô Saitô 
Cinematography by
Jun Yasumoto  (as Atsushi Yasumoto)
Film Editing by
Eiji Ooi 
Production Design by
Satoru Chûko 
Production Management
Takushi Inoue .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masazumi Kawanishi .... assistant director
Sound Department
Shoichi Fujinawa .... sound
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Chôshirô Ishii .... gaffer

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Also Known As:
"Onna no za" - Japan (original title)
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111 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Another big Naruse family, 7 November 2005
Author: Michael Kerpan (kerpan) from New England

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Another sprawling extended family story. Toho must have loved these in the early 60s -- as they brought in Ozu to do one to (End of Summer). Perhaps they liked showing off their large roster of excellent stars? In part, rather like a first draft of "Yearning". Hideko Takamine is the widow of the oldest son of an extended family -- and runs the family's grocery. The upcoming threat of super-marketization is mentioned in passing -- but not followed through here. Much of the machinations here involve a marriage proposal for one of the younger daughters. The cast is marvelous -- with Chishu Ryu and Haruko Sugimura as the senior generation -- and with Yoko Tsulasa, Reiko Dan, Keiko Awaji, Keiju Kobayashi, Daisuke Kato and Tatsuya Mihashi as just _some_ of the children and in-laws and family connections. The plot starts as wry and sarcastic, but veers into seeming unnecessary high melodrama and pathos right before the end. Even here, a strange sarcastic tone creeps in -- as some of the crew behaves very casually at what ought to be a wrenching funeral.

Not on the same level as the extended family dramas that _are_ included in the current traveling Naruse retrospective -- but entertaining for fans of the many stars.

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