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Wife! Be Like a Rose! (1935)

Tsuma yo bara no yô ni (original title)
When she reaches adulthood, a precocious young woman sets out to find her biological father, who, as her mother tells her, abandoned them for another woman.


Mikio Naruse


Minoru Nakano (play), Mikio Naruse (adaptation)
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Cast overview:
Sachiko Chiba Sachiko Chiba ... Kimiko Yamamoto
Yuriko Hanabusa ... Oyuki
Toshiko Itô Toshiko Itô ... Etsuko - Kimiko's mother
Setsuko Horikoshi Setsuko Horikoshi ... Shizuko - Oyuki's daughter
Chikako Hosokawa ... Shingo's wife
Sadao Maruyama Sadao Maruyama ... Shunsaku - Kimiko's father
Heihachirô Ôkawa Heihachirô Ôkawa ... Seiji - Kimiko's boyfriend
Kaoru Itô Kaoru Itô ... Kenichi - Oyuki's son
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Shingo - Etsuko's brother


A young woman reaches maturity and yearns to know about her father. Her mother has poisoned her mind about the man who left her for another woman. There is a tender moment when they see each other for the first time. She learns that the man is not as she was told, nor is the woman. This is a movie which has penetrated my thoughts over the years since I first experienced it. Written by alan1000

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This was possibly the first fictional feature film from Japan to be distributed in the United States, under the name "Wife, Be Like a Rose!" See more »


Remade as Koi ni mezameru koro (1969) See more »

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Title is deceptive
3 June 2017 | by sfdphdSee all my reviews

For years I avoided seeing this film because I thought the title implied it was a sexist drama about women forced to be submissive. Finally seeing it now, a more accurate title would be More than One Way to be a Wife. This short film (approximately 75 minutes) conveys more about relationships than most American films do in two hours. And it is still relevant, now 82 years after it was released. How many current films will still be relevant in 82 years? Not many.

I highly recommend this film to anyone interested in marriage and relationships and in the misunderstandings that can occur when people are not honest with each other about who they are and what they need to be happy in life.

I will not reveal more about the plot, just let it unfold and see for yourself....

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Release Date:

12 April 1937 (USA) See more »

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Kimiko See more »

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Sony PCL See more »
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1.37 : 1
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