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She Was Like a Wild Chrysanthemum (1955)

Nogiku no gotoki kimi nariki (original title)
An old man, being rowed along a river, sees a field of daisies (or Wild Chrysanthemums, as they are described in the title, or starworts, as they are referred to in the subtitles), and ... See full summary »

Director:

Keisuke Kinoshita

Writers:

Sachio Ito (novel), Keisuke Kinoshita (script)
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Credited cast:
Noriko Arita Noriko Arita ... Tamiko
Chishû Ryû ... Masao - Age 73
Haruko Sugimura ... Masao's mother
Takahiro Tamura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Toshio Kobayashi Toshio Kobayashi
Kappei Matsumoto Kappei Matsumoto
Kazuko Motohashi Kazuko Motohashi ... Tamiko's Mother
Nobuo Takagi Nobuo Takagi ... Tamiko's father
Shinji Tanaka Shinji Tanaka ... Masao, as a teenager
Kumeko Urabe ... Grandmother
Keiko Yukishiro Keiko Yukishiro ... Tamiko's older sister
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An old man, being rowed along a river, sees a field of daisies (or Wild Chrysanthemums, as they are described in the title, or starworts, as they are referred to in the subtitles), and thinks back to when he was fifteen. He recalls his time with, and away from, the girl cousin he grew up with and would have married, except the family and other pressures got in the way. Written by sharptongue

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Grandmother: Kane, you're acting awfully happy about the outcome. But you're Tamiko's mother.
Tamiko's father: What are you saying, Grandma?
Grandmother: Can't you understand how Tamiko's feeling?
Tamiko's Mother: Aren't you happy about this?
Grandmother: Of course I'm happy. Very joyous. But I want to tell you something. I turned 60 this year. When I look back on my life of 60 years, the happiest moment was when I married Grandpa who's no longer with us. That moment alone was worth being alive in this world. The rest of the events in my life pale in comparison.
Tamiko's father: Are you ...
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Romantic Bliss
24 January 2014 | by souvikmeetszeusSee all my reviews

By now, I have almost turned stoic under the stream of excellent films, but this was a magical one! At once a mesmerizing ode to the emotion of 'love', a subtle critique on the Japanese society of the time and a thing of gorgeous beauty in every frame, this movie is a really fulfilling one. It is rich in emotional intensity, in the typically subdued manner that fits Japan, yet reaching out and effecting you. The story is of a girl and a boy who fall in love and all that ensues around them, including pressures from family, society, demands of life, etc. and with a denouement that is heartrending, to say the least. The camera drenched in mood is amazing, and the soundtrack at places is really marvelous, beautifully supplementing the film's sombre tone. Kinoshita brings romance into perspective, putting stress on the journey and not the results, and this along with Dvoje has to be two of the most complete explorations of 'love' I have seen. At minor phases, the movie might be a little stagnant or melodramatic but otherwise, its entire body sparkles with technical brilliance and innocent poignancy. Contrasted with the social behaviors that other character's exhibit, Masao and Tamiko's saga assumes an aura of purity, and ironically, also of a battle. All of the movie is narrated through the memories of an old man who returns to his home land, and the effect used on the film actually gives us a feeling that we are taking a trip down somebody's inner mind; and this is just another example of the well done technical aspects that come together to serve up a stirring, deep and 'cinematographic-ally' magnificent tale of transcendental romance. The last few moments and lines are lovely to experience, sure to touch everybody at some place.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 January 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Were Like a Wild Chrysanthemum See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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