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The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)

Zangiku monogatari (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 15 January 1979 (USA)
The adopted son of a legendary actor, and an aspiring star himself, turns to his infant brother's wet nurse for support and affection - only for her to give up everything for her beloved's glory.

Director:

Kenji Mizoguchi

Writers:

Matsutarô Kawaguchi (screenplay), Shôfû Muramatsu (author: novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shôtarô Hanayagi ... Kikunosuke Onoue
Kôkichi Takada Kôkichi Takada ... Fukusuke Nakamura
Ryôtarô Kawanami Ryôtarô Kawanami ... Eiju Dayu
Kinnosuke Takamatsu Kinnosuke Takamatsu ... Matsusuke Onoue
Jun'nosuke Hayama Jun'nosuke Hayama ... Kanya Morita
Tamitaro Onoue Tamitaro Onoue ... Tamizô Onoue
Ichirô Yûki Ichirô Yûki ... Guest in waiting room
Kômei Minami Kômei Minami ... Shintomi greenroom manager
Jin'ichi Amano Jin'ichi Amano ... Shintomi's onnagata
Haruo Inoue Haruo Inoue ... Actor
Sumao Ishihara Sumao Ishihara ... Manager of the travelling company
Kô Hirota Kô Hirota ... Greenroom manager of the travelling company
Minpei Tomimoto Minpei Tomimoto ... Guest in waiting room
Eijirô Hose Eijirô Hose ... Travelling actor
Nobuko Fushimi Nobuko Fushimi ... Eiryû, a geisha
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In Tokyo in 1888, Kikunosuke Onoue, the adoptive son of an important actor, discovers that he is praised for his acting only because he is his father's heir, and that the troupe complains how bad he is behind his back. The only person to talk to him honestly about his acting is Otoku, the wet-nurse of his adoptive father's child. She is fired by the family, and Kikunosuke is forbidden to see her, because of the gossip a relationship with a servant would cause. Kikunosuke falls in love with Otoku, and leaves home to try to make a living on his own merits outside Tokyo. He is eventually joined by Otoku, who encourages him to become a famous actor to regain the recognition of his family. Written by Will Gilbert

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Ranked number 88 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018. See more »

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Remade as Zangiku monogatari (1956) See more »

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Kenji Mizoguchi shows the beauty and tragedy, both faces of sacrifice
18 January 2020 | by mikeluriarteSee all my reviews

Masterfully directed, Kenji Mizoguchi shows the beauty and tragedy, both faces of sacrifice. The beauty of sacrificing entirely for someone and the tragedy of becomeing nothing else than that, and accepting, at the end of the day, every consecuence of It. This is one of this cases in which, somehow, the movie manages to get deep inside me. It was really nice to get the chance to see this masterpiece of altruistic human solidary act on big screen.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 January 1979 (USA) See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,125
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1.37 : 1
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