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The Life of Chikuzan (1977)
"Chikuzan hitori tabi" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  17 March 1977 (Japan)
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Credited cast:
Ryûzô Hayashi ...
Chikuzan Takahashi
Nobuko Otowa ...
Toyo, Mother
Mitsuko Baishô ...
Chikuzan's 2nd wife
Dai Kanai ...
Sadakichi, Father
Chikuzan Takahashi ...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moeko Ezawa ...
Seller
Kotoe Hatsui ...
Farmer
Hiroko Isayama ...
Tomiko
Hideo Kanze ...
Tokura
Atsuko Kawaguchi ...
Otoki
Takuzô Kawatani ...
Senta
Hôsei Komatsu ...
Goto
Akemi Negishi ...
Tami
Junkichi Orimoto ...
Owner
Sumie Sasaki ...
Maid
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A good biopic
26 August 2012 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

A musical biopic of the blind shamisen (a Japanese string instrument) player Chikuzan Takahashi. Narratively, it's pretty standard - one might call it the Japanese Ray and not be too far off. But it's well acted and well shot, with a lot of interesting settings and period detail (the setting is early 20th Century rural Japan, up to WWII). Ryuzo Hayashi stars as Chikuzan. Kaneto Shindo's wife and frequent star Nobuko Otowa co-stars as Chikuzan's mother. Well worth checking out if you can find it. This was nominated for the Japanese Academy award for Best Picture in the first year of its existence, but lost to Yoji Yamada's The Yellow Handkerchief.


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