A young doctor, Kozo Tsumura (Uehara), falls for young nurse Katsue Takaishi (Tanaka). But she's got a secret: she's a widow with a son. Kozo and Katsue decide to run away to Kyoto, but her... See full summary »
A young doctor, Kozo Tsumura (Uehara), falls for young nurse Katsue Takaishi (Tanaka). But she's got a secret: she's a widow with a son. Kozo and Katsue decide to run away to Kyoto, but her child suddenly became sick and she just missed the train and Kozo. She makes it to Kyoto finally, but is unable to meet him. Plus she isn't accepted into Kyoto society. She goes back to her hometown and tries to forget him. She quits the hospital to concentrate on her singing. She makes her professional debut with the hit "Aizen Katsura". Kozo is in the audience. Written by
There's a special Japanese word for this type of movie: surechigai people who pass nearby but don't see each other. The title refers to a special Laurel tree that brings eternal love. Yes, it's a love story, pure and simple. And it was a huge hit back in pre-war Japan. The movie had the sophisticated look of a Hollywood film with a story to match. The protagonists were elite and the setting was modern urban. Despite being a single mother, Katsue lived in a nice, clean home and wore beautiful western clothes. What really put this film above the ordinary melodrama was the chemistry between Tanaka and Uehara two hugely popular stars who continued to make films after the war. Both were young and beautiful. And Uehara's hair was so slick and oiled that he looked like an illustration. But we couldn't help feeling that they were meant for each other. It was the perfect escape from an uncertain world and still holds its own today.
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