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Shitô no densetsu (1963)

A young woman who has been evacuated to Hokkaido with her family during wartime receives a marriage proposal from the son of the village head, but declines on account of his barbarous acts ... See full summary »

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Yuri Shimizu
Gô Katô ...
Hideyuki Sonobe
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Shintarô Shimizu
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Gôichi Takamori
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Kinbei Kanamori
Tokue Hanazawa ...
Sansuke
Kiyoshi Nonomura ...
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Gen-san
Kikue Môri ...
Umeno Sonobe
Jun Hamamura ...
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Ushio Akashi ...
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A young woman who has been evacuated to Hokkaido with her family during wartime receives a marriage proposal from the son of the village head, but declines on account of his barbarous acts during the war. She and her family are ousted from the village, but her suitor refuses to give up.

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11 August 1963 (Japan)  »

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Excellent, perhaps the best I've seen from Kinoshita so far
21 April 2013 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Two refugee families from Tokyo near the end of WWII settle in a small town in Hokkaido. They are accepted there, but not really trusted by the locals. When the son of the largest landowner in town proposes to one of the young women of the two families, she is warned off of him because of crimes he committed in China. This brings more mistrust onto the two families, and all local vandalisms and thefts start to get blamed on them. Tensions grow higher and higher, and, after tragedy befalls the landowner's son, the village forms a lynch mob to attack the refugees. This is gripping stuff. One could easily imagine it set in the American West. I'm not sure if this is fact or fiction (obviously the title suggests that no one knows for sure), but it's a believable story. Kinuya Tanaka co-stars. Most of the other actors you'll have seen elsewhere, even if you don't know their names.


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