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The Girl I Loved (1946)

Waga koi seshi otome (original title)
"A young man who is unable to tell his childhood friend how he feels makes a pledge with her to reveal all of their secrets during the upcoming festival." (Hulu)


Keisuke Kinoshita


Keisuke Kinoshita (screenplay), Keisuke Kinoshita (story)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yasumi Hara Yasumi Hara ... Jingo
Kuniko Igawa ... Yoshiko
Junji Soneda Junji Soneda ... Noda
Chieko Higashiyama ... Mother Okin
Yôtarô Katsumi Yôtarô Katsumi ... Father Sôjirô
Yoshindo Yamaji Yoshindo Yamaji ... Yoshizô
Norio Ôtsuka Norio Ôtsuka ... Jirô
Masayoshi Ôtsuka Masayoshi Ôtsuka ... Jingo (Childhood)
Masaaki Kôno Masaaki Kôno ... Yoshiko (Childhood)
Mitsuya Koizumi Mitsuya Koizumi ... Shepherd
Chuichi Inagawa Chuichi Inagawa ... Shepherd
Shigezô Sugiyama Shigezô Sugiyama ... Shepherd
Tokihiko Izumi Tokihiko Izumi ... Shepherd
Hajime Hamano Hajime Hamano ... Shepherd
Shôzô Suzuki Shôzô Suzuki ... Shepherd


"A young man who is unable to tell his childhood friend how he feels makes a pledge with her to reveal all of their secrets during the upcoming festival." (Hulu)

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Release Date:

29 October 1946 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl I Loved See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Slight, but charming, romance set in the Japanese "West"
25 January 2014 | by pscamp01See all my reviews

The Girl I Loved is a romantic drama made just a year after the end of World War II. I'm tempted to call it a Japanese western. It is set on a ranch in the countryside and you see lots of cattle herding, horse riding, harmonica playing and even hats that look like sombreros. The plot is very simple: A man falls in love with a woman who has been brought up as his adopted sister. The story is very simple and is almost beside the point in a movie like this. The film's real pleasures come from its cinematography, location shooting and its use of music. The characters keep commenting on how beautiful the area is and they are right: it's easy to imagine giving up everything and moving to such a place. Of course, the movie is a bucolic fantasy; real life in a place like that was probably much harsher. But it's a beautiful fantasy and a very agreeable place to spend an hour and fifteen minutes.

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