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26 August 1941 (Japan) See more »
Emi Ota and her friend Okiku stay briefly at a mountain inn and then return to Tokyo. Later, Nanmura... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Shin'ichi Himori ... Hiroyasu
Kanji Kawahara ... Old Man
Hiroko Kawasaki ... Okiku
Koji Matsumoto ... Head clerk
Hideko Mimura ... His Wife
Tsuneo Osugi ... Tsune

Chishû Ryû ... Osamura
Tatsuo Saitô ... Professor Katae
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Inn's owner

Kinuyo Tanaka ... Emi
Kayoko Terada ... Maid
Jun Yokoyama ... Taro
Munenobu Yui ... Toku
Masayoshi Ôtsuka ... Jiro

Directed by
Hiroshi Shimizu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Masuji Ibuse  story
Yoshitomo Nagase 

Produced by
Yasuyuki Arai .... producer
Original Music by
Takaaki Asai 
Cinematography by
Suketarô Inokai 
Film Editing by
Yoshiyasu Hamamura 
Production Design by
Isamu Motoki 
Sound Department
Kôichi Nakamura .... sound
Other crew
Fumikazu Miyagishima .... film development

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Also Known As:
"Kanzashi" - Japan (original title)
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75 min | USA:70 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
How I Spent My Summer Vacation, 7 December 2008
Author: crossbow0106 from United States

This film takes place at an inn in Japan in summer where people are going for rest and relaxation. Basically, the film is about Mr. Nanmura, who is played by the great actor Chishu Ryu, looking much younger than he usually does in Ozu films. While in the hot springs, he is injured in the foot after stepping on an ornamental hairpin. The owner of the hairpin is Emi, who comes back to the inn to apologize. The men there wonder if she is beautiful. She arrives. She is played by Kinuyo Tanaka, the great actress who is best known for her roles in Kenji Mizoguchi films and was indeed beautiful. She stays at the inn and a relationship blossoms between Emi and Mr. Nanmura. Will it last? I have never seen a movie from this director, as outside of Japan he is not as well known as Kurosawa, Naruse and the aforementioned Ozu and Mizoguchi. However, he does a great job here moving the story along. You want to know what happens. The pairing of Chishu Ryu and Kinuyo Tanaka is a dream one, they are excellent in this film. The film is subtle but compelling. This film is being sold as part of a four DVD box of the director's film, and this was the first one I watched. Based on this film alone it was money well spent.

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