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Ukikusa monogatari (1934)

Not Rated | | Drama | January 1994 (USA)
A kabuki actor's mistress hatches a jealous plot to bring down her lover's son.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

Tadao Ikeda, Yasujirô Ozu (story) (as James Maki)
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Credited cast:
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Kihachi
Chôko Iida ... Otsune, Ka-yan
Kôji Mitsui ... Shinkichi (as Hideo Mitsui)
Rieko Yagumo Rieko Yagumo ... Otaka
Yoshiko Tsubouchi ... Otoki
Tomio Aoki Tomio Aoki ... Tomi-boh
Reikô Tani Reikô Tani ... Tomibo's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kiyoshi Aono Kiyoshi Aono ... Sword trainer
Mariko Aoyama Mariko Aoyama ... Barber's landlady
Mitsumura Ikebe Mitsumura Ikebe ... Villager
Seiji Nishimura Seiji Nishimura ... Kichi, an actor
Mitsuru Wakamiya Mitsuru Wakamiya ... Station attendant
Emiko Yagumo Emiko Yagumo
Nagamasa Yamada Nagamasa Yamada ... Maako, an actor
Munenobu Yui Munenobu Yui
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Storyline

A troupe of actors comes to town, short on funds and bedeviled by bad weather, so they can't put on shows. Kihachi is the troupe's leader. He steals off every day to visit Otsune (an ex-lover) and their son, Shinkichi, who believes his father is a long-dead civil servant. Kihachi has been paying Shinkichi's tuition, and he's now at university. Kihachi's lover, Otaka, the troupe's lead actress, learns Kihachi's secret and plots to ruin Shinkichi and humiliate Kihachi: she offers money to Otoki, the troupe's ingénue, to seduce Shinkichi. Soon the boy is head over heels, and Otoki finds herself with feelings for him. Can this end well or is tragedy at hand? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Story of Floating Weeds See more »

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Shochiku Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Kihachi: What did you plan to do with my son?
Otaka: Who cares about your son? He's cheap, like you, playing around with actresses.
[Kihachi beats Otaka]
Otaka: Are you sorry? I hope you'll be very sorry. The world is like a lottery. You take your ups and your downs. Let's make up please. That makes us even, you see. Just think how I feel.
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The film title and credits are placed before a backdrop of plain sackcloth. This would become a trademark of Yasujirô Ozu films. See more »

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One of Ozu's best silents
31 March 2015 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

Warning: Some plot points are revealed in this review

One of the last silent films by Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu (later remade by Ozu himself in in color in 1959) is about a traveling kabuki troupe arriving to a small town in Japan. The troupe's leader, Kihachi (Takeshi Sakamoto) uses the occasion to meet his old lover and their grown son (who believes Kihachi is his uncle), but his current lover Otaka (pretty, ethereal Rieko Yagumo) does not appreciate this when she learns about it, so she convinces a fellow actress of the troupe to seduce Kihachi's son. Kihachi, obviously, doesn't react well either when he learns about this. Reportedly, Ozu based this film on an American film from 1928 called "The Barker".

There are few differences from the 1959 remake. For instance, here the kabuki troupe arrives to a mountain town in a train, instead of arriving to a coastal village by boat. Secondary characters are less shown. But mostly, both films are very similar, almost scene by scene, including the famous part where they are shouting over each other across a rainy street or the finale with Kihachi and his now reconciled lover drinking sake in the night train. The actor playing Kihachi, though, is about two decades younger than Ganjiro Nakamuro in the 1959 version.

Overall, this movie is not, in my opinion, as accomplished as the remake, but is still very well worth seeing, and one of the highlights of Ozu's silent films.


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