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Phoenix (1947)

Fushichô (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 11 December 1947 (Japan)
A young war widow remembers her short time with her husband.


Keisuke Kinoshita


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Cast overview:
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Sayoko Aihara
Keiji Sada ... Shinichi Yasaka
Isamu Kosugi ... Naoya Yasaka
Toyo Takahashi ... Moto Yasaka (as Toyoko Takahashi)
Akira Yamanouchi Akira Yamanouchi ... Yûji Yasaka
Tamotsu Kawasaki Tamotsu Kawasaki ... Hiroshi Aihara
Eiko Takamatsu Eiko Takamatsu ... Old housekeeper
Fuyuki Murakami Fuyuki Murakami ... Eizô
Reiko Mizuki Reiko Mizuki
Hajime Hamano Hajime Hamano ... Saburô Yasaka
Fujiko Osafune Fujiko Osafune ... Yasuko Yasaka (as Tsujiyo Osafune)
Norio Ôtsuka Norio Ôtsuka ... Takeshi Yasaka
Naomi Yoshitatsu Naomi Yoshitatsu ... Masako Yasaka


A young war widow remembers her short time with her husband.

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Drama | Romance








Release Date:

11 December 1947 (Japan) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Decent melodrama
17 February 2013 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Somewhat reminiscent of Kinoshita's most famous film, Twenty-Four Eyes, in that its story takes place in two time periods, before the war and after it. A war widow, Kinuyo Tanaka (who starred in Ugetsu, Red Beard and Equinox Flower, among others), reminisces about her short courtship with her soldier husband (Keiji Sada, who also starred in several Ozu films, as well as The Human Condition). This is a touching, if not especially memorable, little melodrama. There's not much conflict in it. Most of the action takes place in the flashback, and we're well aware of Sada's fate. There are a handful of really fine sequences, however. I would have liked a little more sense of the historical setting, but what little is there is certainly interesting. This can be found on HuluPlus in their Criterion section. They have hundreds of films available that have never been available on video. Many, like this one, probably never will be.

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