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Sound of the Mountain (1954)

Yama no oto (original title)
Approved | | Drama | January 1980 (USA)
An ingratiating bride develops warm ties to her father-in-law while her cold husband blithely slights her for another woman.


Mikio Naruse


Yasunari Kawabata (novel), Yôko Mizuki (adaptation)
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Cast overview:
Setsuko Hara ... Ogata Kikuko
Sô Yamamura ... Ogata Shingo
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara ... Otto, Shuichi
Yôko Sugi Yôko Sugi ... Tanizaki Hideko
Teruko Nagaoka ... Tsuma, Yasuko
Yatsuko Tan'ami Yatsuko Tan'ami ... Ikeda
Chieko Nakakita ... Aihara Fusako
Rieko Sumi Rieko Sumi ... Kinuko
Hisao Toake Hisao Toake ... Shingo no yuujin
Machiko Kitagawa Machiko Kitagawa
Fumiko Saito Fumiko Saito
Tsuruko Mano Tsuruko Mano
Nobuo Kaneko


The businessman Ogata Shingo works with his son Shuichi, who is his secretary, and they live together in the suburb with their wives Yasuko and Kikuko respectively. Shuichi has a love affair and a loveless marriage with Kikuko. Yasuko has dedicated her entire life to her family but Shingo married her only because her older sister had died. Kikuko is the pride and joy of Shingo and they are close to each other. Out of the blue, Shingo and Yasuko's daughter Fusako leaves her husband and arrives at Shingo's home with her two children. Shingo investigates and finds the address of Shuichi's lover. Meanwhile Kikuko goes to the hospital and Shingo learns that she was pregnant but decided to abort her child. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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15 December 2001 | by sharptongueSee all my reviews

I admit it. I'm a sucker for this type of movie. Old black-and-white film, well-acted and scripted, whether Japanese or American, and I'm lost.

Even better, this one has some top-notch dialogue. The scene where the father confronts the brassy mistress of his son has dialogue worthy of more than one Hollywood greats.

This film is a terrific high-class soap opera which brutally examines fracturing personal relationships in one family in post-war Japan. The previous reviewer implies that this is not among this director's great work. All I can say is, if this is a middling effort, then I for one have much movie-viewing pleasure ahead.

Highly recommended.

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January 1980 (USA) See more »

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Toho Company See more »
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1.37 : 1
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