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Gobanchô yûgirirô (1963)

A forlorn love story between a young monk and his childhood sweet-heart set in post WWII Japan.

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Credited cast:
Yoshiko Sakuma ...
Yuko Katagiri
Chôichirô Kawarasaki ...
Masayori
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Katsue
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Takematsu
Yatsuko Tan'ami ...
Hisako
Kaneko Iwasaki ...
Keiko
Teruko Kishi ...
Omine
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Sanzaemon
Harue Akagi ...
Oshin
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Kunigi
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Yûko Hama
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A movie set in Kyoto, Japan in 1950. It's about a beautiful young girl (who was sold by her father to a brothel) and a stammering trainee monk (who was sent to a famous temple in Kyoto by his mother). The two main characters love each other and dream of returning to their home-town and marrying. But things don't work out so peachy and after the trainee monk gets into trouble with the police he flips and sets fire to the temples' beautiful golden pavilion. He dies in the inferno and the girl, who had been in hospital, flees to the beach near where she used to live and she passes away. Her father and the boys' mother are there with her at the end. Written by F. Lafferty

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Drama | Romance

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1 November 1963 (Japan)  »

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The temple that gets burnt down is an iconic building in Japan. It is Kinkaku-ji in Japanese which is often translated as The Golden Pavillion. It was built by one of the Ashikaga shoguns as a retreat but later became part of a temple. It survived through WWII but was really burnt down by a crazy monk in 1950. Another Japanese author, Mishima, wrote a novel based on this incident. See more »

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Some good, some bad
26 September 2013 | by (San Diego, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie relates the story of a young peasant girl who has to go work in a brothel to help her family in post war Japan. It is partly based on a true event that occurred in 1950, where the Kinkaku-ji temple in Kyoto was burned down by a 22-year-old novice monk (see wikipedia for details). What to say about this movie... Some good some bad. The acting is decent, if a bit excessively theatrical at times. The photography is very classical with beautiful compositions and interesting angles. The story explores two important society issues: forced prostitution and bullying. Unfortunately some inadequacies prevents it from reaching the heights of a masterpiece. One of the glaring issues my wife and I had was this odd picturing of a brothel as a pleasant place where all is well among all the girls and the well meaning Madame. It seems so far fetched, so unlikely, that I kept wondering if this director had ever visited such an establishment. Also, some of the comments regarding the girl made by her first customer seemed very strange and even abnormal to us. I can't reveal them here, but they surprised us greatly. On the other hand the purity of the love story and the drama brought about by the iniquity of society was quite touching. So, yes, I would say it's worth watching, just not as good as I was hoping for.


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