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Journey Into Solitude (1972)

Tabi no omosa (original title)
A 16-year-old girl grows into maturity while hiking the 88-temple pilgrimage around Shikoku.


Kôichi Saitô


Shirô Ishimori (screenplay), Kukiko Moto (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yôko Takahashi Yôko Takahashi ... The girl
Kyôko Kishida ... Mama, the girl's mother
Hideo Sunazuka Hideo Sunazuka ... Ryûji
Rie Yokoyama ... Masako
Kana Nakagawa Kana Nakagawa ... Mitsuko
Toshihiko Yamamoto Toshihiko Yamamoto ... Driver
Masako Tomiyama Masako Tomiyama
Fudeko Tanaka Fudeko Tanaka
Reiko Niimura Reiko Niimura ... Middle-age traveler
Bin Moritsuka Bin Moritsuka ... Molester
Yoshino Tani Yoshino Tani ... Maid
Noboru Mitani Noboru Mitani ... Beggar
Kenji Sonoda Kenji Sonoda ... Kichizô
Noboru Nakata Noboru Nakata
Hideto Nakagawa Hideto Nakagawa


A 16-year-old girl grows into maturity while hiking the 88-temple pilgrimage around Shikoku.

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Oh the '70s. What a time it was to experience freedom
15 July 2012 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Based on a novel by Kukiko Moto, Journey into Solitude (Tabi no Omosa) is a story about a 16 year old girl that goes on a trip on the island of Shikoku to seek freedom, and meaning of life.

The girl (Yoko Takahashi) leaves her mother (Kyoko Kishida) who's a painter leaving her a note "Mom, don't be surprised, and don't cry. I left on a journey. I'm not running away. I'm just going on a journey.". She travels around Shikoku meeting many people. Near cape Ashizuri she meets traveling performers and joins their band. She befriends Masako (Rie Yokoyama). With Masako she experiences lesbianism for the first time. She leaves the traveling performers, but soon gets sick. A middle aged man Kimura (Etsushi Takahashi) picks her up and nurses her back to life. Kimura is a fish salesman. The girl starts a life being his wife and sends her mother a letter saying "Mom, I'm satisfied with this life. This is my ideal life. There's love, loneliness, and meaning in this life.".

The movie is done beautifully with beautiful scenery of Shikoku as its back drop. The theme is very '70s. Girl journeys to find freedom and happiness.

The movie is debut for two of the most prolific actress in Japanese TV and cinema, Yoko Takahashi, and Kumiko Akiyoshi.

This is one of the outstanding movies to come out of Japan.

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28 October 1972 (Japan) See more »

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Ehime, Japan See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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2.35 : 1
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