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A Hen in the Wind (1948)

Kaze no naka no mendori (original title)
A man returns from World War II to find his desperate wife had resorted to one night of prostitution to pay for their son's hospital bills.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Tokiko Amamiya
Shûji Sano ... Shuichi Amamiya
Chieko Murata Chieko Murata ... Akiko Ida
Chishû Ryû ... Kazuichiro Satake
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hôhi Aoki Hôhi Aoki ... Shoichi
Chiyoko Fumiya Chiyoko Fumiya ... Fusako Onada
Keiko Izumi Keiko Izumi ... Nurse #2
Reiko Minakami Reiko Minakami ... Orie Noma
Kôji Mitsui ... Hideo
Binnosuke Nagao Binnosuke Nagao
Kenzô Nakagawa Kenzô Nakagawa
Sakae Nakayama Sakae Nakayama ... Nurse #3
Fumiko Okamura Fumiko Okamura ... Landlady
Fujiyo Osafune Fujiyo Osafune
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Hikozo Sakai
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A man returns from World War II to find his desperate wife had resorted to one night of prostitution to pay for their son's hospital bills.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 September 1948 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hen in the Wind See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in I Lived, But... (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Yume awaki Tôkyô
Music by Yûji Koseki
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Uniquely Serious and Emotional Ozu Film
28 October 2003 | by jazzestSee all my reviews

In postwar Japan, a wife has to deal with the consequence of her decision when she needed her son's hospital charges during her husband's absence. The theme, women's harsh reality at the time, is exceptionally serious for Ozu. It makes Hen in the Wind uniquely and intensely emotional, combined with Ozu's style, such as off-screen actions, implicative montages, and singsong dialogues.


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