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Anjô-ke no butôkai (1947)

After Japan's loss in the war, the wealthy, cultured, liberal Anjo family have to give up their mansion and their way of life. They hold one last ball at the house before leaving. The ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Setsuko Hara ... Atsuko Anjô
Yumeko Aizome Yumeko Aizome ... Akiko Anjô
Osamu Takizawa Osamu Takizawa ... Tadahiko Anjô
Masayuki Mori ... Masahiko Anjô
Masao Shimizu Masao Shimizu ... Ryûzaburô Shinkawa
Takashi Kanda Takashi Kanda ... Tooyama
Akemi Sora Akemi Sora ... Kiku - the Maid
Chieko Murata Chieko Murata ... Chiyo - Tadahiko's Girlfriend
Taiji Tonoyama ... Yoshida
Keiko Tsushima Keiko Tsushima ... Yôko Shinkawa
Fumiko Okamura Fumiko Okamura
Shin'ichi Himori ... Takehiko
Shin'yô Nara Shin'yô Nara
Yumi Matsui Yumi Matsui
Seiji Nishimura Seiji Nishimura


After Japan's loss in the war, the wealthy, cultured, liberal Anjo family have to give up their mansion and their way of life. They hold one last ball at the house before leaving. The seemingly cold, cynical son secretly grieves for his defeated father and the values that the war destroyed, while the daughter tries to prevent father from taking his life and to find her own place in the new Japan. Written by John D. Baldwin <jbaldwin@tiac.net>

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27 September 1947 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Bal w domu Anjo See more »

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Shochiku Ofuna See more »
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1.37 : 1
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This movie was one of the ten favorite films of distinguished author and Japanese cinema fan Susan Sontag. See more »


Referenced in Nihon eiga no hyaku nen (1995) See more »

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Drama of the Changing Society
22 April 2013 | by roweriversSee all my reviews

After the war everything changed, sort of. The wealthy were suddenly poor and the social titles were now gone. Masters and servants were on the same plane. This is the story of how the Anjos, an industrialist's family, has to deal with it. The father (Osamu Takizawa) is planning a suicide. Oldest brother Masahiko (Masayuki Mori) plunges into total nihilism, not even caring that his maid Kiku (Michiko Ikuno) is in love with him. Elder sister Akiko (Yumiko Aizone) is in her own despair, not knowing what to do about her suitor. Only Atsuko (Setsuko Hara) seems clear-headed and ready to face the cloudy future. It's up to her to keep the family together. The story is based on Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard, but it's also a not-so-subtle allegory of postwar Japanese society. The country that thought itself a major player in Asia, treating its neighbors with contempt, was now suffering the consequences of its actions. So will it slide into despair or nihilism, or will it take a more courageous, practical view? Atsuko points the way.

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