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Uma (1941)

Ine Onoda, the eldest daughter of a poor family of farmers, raises a colt from birth and comes to love the horse dearly. When the horse is grown, the government orders it auctioned and sold... See full summary »


Kajirô Yamamoto, Akira Kurosawa (uncredited)


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Complete credited cast:
Hideko Takamine ... Ine Onoda
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Jinjiro Onoda, Ine's father (as Keita Fujiwara)
Chieko Takehisa Chieko Takehisa ... Saku Onoda, Ine's mother
Kaoru Futaba Kaoru Futaba ... Ei, Ine's grandmother
Takeshi Hirata Takeshi Hirata ... Toyokazu Onoda, Ine's older brother
Toshio Hosoi Toshio Hosoi ... Kinjiro Onoda, Ine's younger brother
Setsuko Ichikawa Setsuko Ichikawa ... Tsuru Onoda, Ine's little sister
Sadao Maruyama Sadao Maruyama ... Master Yamashita, the teacher
Yoshio Kosugi Yoshio Kosugi ... Zenzo Sakuma
Sadako Sawamura ... Kikuko Yamashita
Tsuruko Mano Tsuruko Mano ... Mrs. Sakuma
Sôji Kiyokawa Sôji Kiyokawa ... Mr. Sakamoto
Ayako Matsuoka Ayako Matsuoka
Jun Masaki Jun Masaki


Ine Onoda, the eldest daughter of a poor family of farmers, raises a colt from birth and comes to love the horse dearly. When the horse is grown, the government orders it auctioned and sold to the army. Ine struggles to prevent the sale. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Akira Kurosawa's (co-) directing debut.
28 February 2021 | by morrison-dylan-fanSee all my reviews

One of the most generous presents I've ever received from a friend, is a copy of the now-deleted Criterion AK:25 Akira Kurosawa DVD set,which I've been wanting to dive into. With the set sitting on the shelf looking at me,I was excited to recently find English subtitles for his debut (not in the Criterion set), which led to me finally discovering where it all began for Kurosawa.

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Moving on up from being an assistant director after original co-writer/ director Kajiro Yamamoto quit the project, editor/co-writer/directing auteur Akira Kurosawa makes his mark with motifs which would be expanded upon in his solo directing credits, (with the English title for this film being "Horse",a animal that would play a part in his future credits) most prominently in the snowstorm-swept surroundings of the Onoda farm heightening the rustic Melodrama atmosphere, and low-slinging wipes closing in on the tension between the Onoda family members over keeping the horse.

Galloping onto the screen with a opening propaganda message about the army needing strong horses for the war, the screenplay by Kurosawa & Yamamoto features a surprising amount of underhanded criticism of the military, via the industrialized army treating the handing out of cash to the poor pre-industrial farming Onoda family with the same detached casualness that the army treat cattle with.

Breaking the Melodrama with a mesmerizing pose in sadness as the horse fades into the distance, Hideko Takamine gives a wonderful performance as Ine, tugging at the heartstrings with a wide-eyed innocent love for the horse.

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Release Date:

9 May 1986 (USA) See more »

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Toho Studios, Tokyo, Japan

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1.37 : 1
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