Down 33,443 this week

Ornamental Hairpin (1941)
"Kanzashi" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  26 August 1941 (Japan)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 340 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 15 critic

Emi Ota and her friend Okiku stay briefly at a mountain inn and then return to Tokyo. Later, Nanmura, a soldier on leave, steps on an ornamental hairpin in the public bath at the inn. Emi ... See full summary »



0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Fall TV: 15 Returning TV Shows Worth Binge Watching

Which returning shows do we recommend binging on? We've picked out 15 great options for you. Read this and more lists in our Fall TV section.

Read our list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 70 titles
created 28 Jun 2011
a list of 483 titles
created 17 Nov 2011
a list of 1263 titles
created 23 Apr 2013
a list of 22 titles
created 11 Sep 2013
list image
a list of 47 titles
created 3 weeks ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Ornamental Hairpin (1941)

Ornamental Hairpin (1941) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ornamental Hairpin.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two blind masseurs travel to a mountain retreat. One of them falls for a visiting lady from Tokyo and investigates a series of thefts.

Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
Stars: Shotaro Akagi, Shin'ichi Himori, Ayuko Hirano
Mr. Thank You (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Mr. Thank You is the kindly young driver of a local bus traveling from poverty stricken coastal villages, over the mountains, to the town. He thanks everybody when they let his bus pass on ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
Stars: Shôsuke Agata, Kiyoshi Aono, Shôtarô Fujimatsu
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
Stars: Michiko Oikawa, Yukiko Inoue, Ureo Egawa
The Only Son (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In 1923, in the province of Shinshu, the widow and simple worker of a silk factory Tsune Nonomiya (O-Tsune) decides to send her only son to Tokyo for having a better education. Thirteen ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Chôko Iida, Shin'ichi Himori, Masao Hayama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Shuhei Horikawa, a poor schoolteacher, struggles to raise his son Ryohei by himself, despite neither money nor prospects.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Chishû Ryû, Shûji Sano, Shin Saburi
Naniwa erejî (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young woman becomes a mistress of her boss in order to support her family.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Isuzu Yamada, Seiichi Takegawa, Chiyoko Ôkura
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichirô Sugai
Crazed Fruit (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Spending their summer on an exotic beach, two brothers fall for the same beautiful girl, whose charm and looks may hide more than they they bargained for.

Director: Kô Nakahira
Stars: Masahiko Tsugawa, Yûjirô Ishihara, Mie Kitahara
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A flapper who's secretly a good girl and a gold digging floozy masquerading as an ingénue both vie for the hand of a millionaire.

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, Nils Asther
Red Angel (1966)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

During the Sino-Japanese War, a young army nurse gives sympathy to her patients and falls in love with an impotent doctor who's addicted to morphine.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura
Stars: Ayako Wakao, Shinsuke Ashida, Yûsuke Kawazu
Dekigokoro (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two Tokyo co-workers come across a destitute young lady in search of a place to live.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Takeshi Sakamoto, Nobuko Fushimi, Den Obinata
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two Geisha with a connection to a young man deal with life's hardships.

Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Akio Isono, Sumiko Mizukubo


Credited cast:
Shin'ichi Himori ...
Kanji Kawahara ...
Old Man
Hiroko Kawasaki ...
Koji Matsumoto ...
Head clerk
Hideko Mimura ...
His Wife
Tsuneo Osugi ...
Tatsuo Saitô ...
Professor Katae
Takeshi Sakamoto ...
Inn's owner
Kayoko Terada ...
Jun Yokoyama ...
Munenobu Yui ...
Masayoshi Ôtsuka ...


Emi Ota and her friend Okiku stay briefly at a mountain inn and then return to Tokyo. Later, Nanmura, a soldier on leave, steps on an ornamental hairpin in the public bath at the inn. Emi writes to the inn saying she has lost a hairpin and, when she discovers that it injured Nanmura, returns to apologize. The longer term visitors at the inn meet together to discuss the hairpin incident. These include a grumpy Professor, a young couple Mr and Mrs Hiroyasu, and an old man staying with his two grandsons. They hope to see a romance blossom between Nanmura and Emi, after Nanmura declares that there is something almost poetic in finding a hairpin in the bath. Written by Will Gilbert

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

26 August 1941 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Ornamental Hairpin  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Kind of weak
15 November 2009 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Well, overall, the Hiroshi Shimizu Eclipse set has been a bust for me. If you really desire to check it out, I suggest renting The Masseurs and a Woman. That's the only really good film in the set. Mr. Thank You is okay. The other two films, Japanese Girls at the Harbor and this one, are not bad, but both are kind of middling. Ornamental Hairpin feels kind of like a repeat of The Masseurs and a Woman. It also takes place at a resort spa, and has much the same kind of bittersweet romance. This one feels a lot thinner to me. Chishu Ryu (not recognizable) plays a soldier who steps on an ornamental hairpin while in the bath. The people around him are upset at his injury. He just hopes that the hairpin belongs to a beautiful woman. It does (Kinuyo Tanaka, of Ugetsu, Sansho the Bailiff and The Life of Oharu), and she comes back to the spa in person to apologize. A romance kind of sparks, but both parties are too shy to go for it. Most of the movie is comprised of the soldier exercising in order to get his foot into working condition (which makes no sense, honestly) while two children constantly shout at him in encouragement, with Tanaka shyly watching on. There are a bunch of other characters around the resort, too, but, except for maybe a cantankerous professor (Tatsuo Saito, who starred in I Was Born, But...), they don't really come off as anything besides poorly sketched caricatures. The film is also so vague at times that I was unsure of who some of the characters were (the two kids frequently seem like gamins who are just running around the spa, not belonging to anybody in particular). Chishu Ryu is so underdeveloped it's hard to really care whether he hooks up with Tanaka or not. It is often very pretty, of course, and there are a handful of very good sequences.

4 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Discuss Ornamental Hairpin (1941) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: