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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.

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

Soundtracks

Yume awaki Tôkyô
Music by Yûji Koseki
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Atypical Ozu
22 May 2003 | by kerpanSee all my reviews

Ozu's late film are far more varied than "common wisdom" would have it -- but, by any measure, "Hen in the Wind" (from 1948) is especially "atypical". This is the only Ozu film I've seen (out of 21 or 20) that has a tangible (and even raw) physicality -- it is more like proto-Imamura than "standard" Ozu (no -- Imamura was not yet working as Ozu's assistant -- that only began around 1951). Characters crawl, slither, and slide about. Sometimes, visually oversized bare feet stick into the foreground. Kinuyo Tanaka loses all self possession at the climax, and practically keens her dialog -- at a much higher pitch than I've ever heard her use in any other film.

This is an interesting story that deals with the collateral damage caused by WW2 (and the ensuing occupation) -- as it affected the lives of one young married couple. It was a flop with the audience, I guess -- so it became a path not traveled further. Artistically, it may not be completely successful, but it was a worthy effort.


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