- 1h 24min
Portrait of a woman wriggling under her lover's thumb
This is the story of a man and his girlfriend who are on a road trip together. He is trying to convince her to give up her job and run away with him. She is skeptical of the plan and their future. Can he convince her to stick with him? This may be a movie that was more effective in the place and time it was released. The role of women in Japan went through a number of changes through the twentieth century, and the story of a woman struggling with subservience to her boyfriend was probably very moving back in he 1940's. But it's kind of a problem now as the woman comes across as rather drippy and uninteresting now. This is essentially a two person movie--there may be a total of two or three lines spoken by other people, and since one of the leads is so uninteresting, the movie gets a little draggy at times. Things improve in the second half of the movie when the two lead characters arrive at a town with a lot of other characters (although they don't interact with them much) and the woman finally begins to say what is on her mind. The location shooting is very nice as are the songs that crop up in a couple places. These touches ultimately make Woman worth watching but not essential.
- Feb 6, 2014
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