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The Straits of Love and Hate (1937)

Aien kyo (original title)
A young couple of lovers want to travel to Tokio to work and form a family there, but the parents of him want his son to regent their hotel. Finally, he does what his parents want him to, and her finds herself abandoned in the big city.

Director:

Kenji Mizoguchi

Writers:

Matsutarô Kawaguchi (adaptation), Kenji Mizoguchi | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Taizô Fukami Taizô Fukami
Akira Harue Akira Harue
Kiyoshi Katô Kiyoshi Katô
Seizaburô Kawazu ... Yoshitaro Suzuki
Yutaka Mimasu Yutaka Mimasu ... Kenkichi's father
Kaoru Nobe Kaoru Nobe ... Satako
Joe Ohara Joe Ohara
Masao Shimizu Masao Shimizu ... Kenkichi, Owner of Inn
Ichirô Sugai ... Sanjuro Mori
Chieko Takehisa Chieko Takehisa
Suzuko Taki Suzuko Taki
Haruo Tanaka Haruo Tanaka ... Kinkichi's friend, Hirose
Hiroshi Ueda Hiroshi Ueda
Kumeko Urabe Kumeko Urabe ... Ume
Fumiko Yamaji Fumiko Yamaji ... Fumi Murakami
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A young couple of lovers want to travel to Tokio to work and form a family there, but the parents of him want his son to regent their hotel. Finally, he does what his parents want him to, and her finds herself abandoned in the big city.

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based on novel | See All (1) »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 June 1937 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Straits of Love and Hate See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shinkô Kinema See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Version of Resurrection (1927) See more »

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Mizoguchi version of "Resurrection."
31 December 2011 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

The Tolstoi novel, already filmed in Japan as KARUSHA in 1914, is a distant progenitor of this contemporary account.

Typical Mizoguchi weepy. The inn maid finds her affair with the manager is opposed by his parents. Separated, the girl is forced to give up her child but later, with her entertainer partner, retrieves it and returns to the snow bound inn.

The film making is sophisticated, particularly for the mid thirties, with the influence of the German Street Films evident. Strong imagery, composition in depth, long trackings, atmospheric interiors intercut with location shooting, where distant factory chimneys belch smoke.

Every so often direction tries too hard. This is not comparable to the fifties costume film trio.

A good copy of the Black and white original must have been impressive.


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