MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 28,939 this week

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

 -  Drama  -  26 August 1941 (Japan)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 316 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 »

Director:

Writers:

(story),
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 56 titles
created 02 Jan 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 28 Dec 2012
 
a list of 210 titles
created 28 Nov 2013
 
a list of 853 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 631 titles
created 5 months 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... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A poor, masterless samurai who depends on the paper balloons his wife makes to feed his family becomes tempted by a criminal opportunity

Director: Sadao Yamanaka
Stars: Chôjûrô Kawarasaki, Kan'emon Nakamura, Tsuruzo Nakamura
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A family of four are the sole inhabitants of a small island, where they struggle each day to irrigate their crops.

Director: Kaneto Shindô
Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Shinji Tanaka
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two geisha sisters lead a hard life in the Gion district of Kyoto. After one of them feels obliged to support a bankrupt businessman, the other sister sets up various schemes to get rid of him.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Isuzu Yamada, Yôko Umemura, Benkei Shiganoya
Drama
    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
La danse (2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The film follows the production of seven ballets by the Paris Opera Ballet.

Director: Frederick Wiseman
Mr. Thank You (1936)
Drama
    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
Drama
    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
Black River (1957)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Perhaps Kobayashi's most sordid film, Black River is an exposé of the rampant corruption on and around U.S. military bases following World War II. Kobayashi spirals out from the story of a ... See full summary »

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Ineko Arima, Fumio Watanabe, Tatsuya Nakadai
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara
Stars: Nobuo Nakamura, Ruriko Asaoka, Akira Yamanouchi
Dawn Chorus (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
Stars: Michiyo Kogure, Takeshi Sakamoto, Mitsuko Yoshikawa
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Post war Hiroshima: It's been four years since the last time she visited her hometown. Takako faces the after effects of the A-bomb when she travels around the city to call on old friends.

Director: Kaneto Shindô
Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Osamu Takizawa, Masao Shimizu
Black Sun (1964)
Drama | Music | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara
Stars: Tamio Kawaji, Chico Roland, Yuko Chishiro
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 August 1941 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Ornamental Hairpin  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

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 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
2005 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL SIDEBAR - Special Retrospective SONNYK_USA
Discuss Ornamental Hairpin (1941) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?