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Spring Awakens (1947)

Haru no mezame (original title)


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Credited cast:
Tatsuya Ishiguro ... Shûji Hirobe
Haruko Sugimura
Yoshiko Kuga ... Kumiko Hirobe
Takashi Shimura ... Kenzô Ogura
Yuriko Hanabusa Yuriko Hanabusa ... Akiko Tanai
Chôko Iida ... Tama Takemura
Sachiko Murase ... Masa Hirobe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Minako Hamada Minako Hamada ... Schoogirl
Otowa Haruno Otowa Haruno ... Kei Ogura
Ruriko Hitomi Ruriko Hitomi ... Hashimoto's sister
Kazumasa Hoshino Kazumasa Hoshino ... Nobuyoshi Noshiro
Chiyoko Hosokawa Chiyoko Hosokawa ... Schoogirl
Fusatarô Ishijima Fusatarô Ishijima ... Male Teacher B
Yaeko Izumo Yaeko Izumo ... Female Teacher B
Taeko Kitajima Taeko Kitajima ... Schoogirl


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Release Date:

2 November 1947 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

L'éveil du printemps See more »

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Toho Company See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Clear-eyed Naruse
10 June 2012 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

On the surface, the point here is education, which may seem a little perfunctory now anyway - the film closes with the doctor kindly advising the distraught mother to 'support and guide' her teenage daughter through the trouble of a coming pregnancy and adolescence in general. He instructs his own son to focus on studies and leave chasing skirt for later in life.

So both filmgoing parents and their kids go away with lessons in balancing emotion with duty, the old Japanese double-bind of giri/ninjo. The bulk of the film is teenagers having to cope with feelings, the first blossoms of sexuality. Once more parents get in the way.

If you like to puzzle about these things, since main plot devices here are a photobook - and suggestive photo - and a maid discovered in illicit love, you may want to imagine that Naruse's earlier Avalanche somehow ties into all this.

But the real beauty is away from any message and really the focus on a world as it reveals itself new and full of splendor, a spring morning after the rain.

It's crisp vast skies and branches of trees gently bobbing in the wind. It's poetry read out loud beneath trees, song and boyish wrestle. It's boy and girl laying down and smelling the grass before an impulsive first kiss. It's the girl so dismayed by that kiss, the sky itself is blackened and begins to rain down hard. It is all about sense and the light falling a certain way, in the sense of a deeply encountered Zen world that may be complex and difficult so far as human affairs go, but is sublime simplicity when you recognize that all of this is trivial and flies away.

By itself, this is small but graceful, an exercise in sustained mood that hopefully pays off in future Naruse projects I am going to seek.

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