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The Portrait (1948)

Shozo (original title)
A couple plan to take advantage of an artist and his family, but his kind nature causes problems in their plan.

Director:

Keisuke Kinoshita

Writer:

Akira Kurosawa
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kuniko Igawa
Kuniko Miyake
Mitsuko Miura Mitsuko Miura
Ichirô Sugai
Chieko Higashiyama
Eitarô Ozawa
Kamatari Fujiwara
Yôko Katsuragi Yôko Katsuragi
Keiji Sada
Tôru Abe Tôru Abe
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A couple plan to take advantage of an artist and his family, but his kind nature causes problems in their plan.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 August 1948 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Portrait See more »

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Love of life vs. love of money
16 February 2014 | by pscamp01See all my reviews

This early movie by Keisuke Kinoshta is unique in that it features a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa. But it is very unlike most of the movies Kurosawa is known for in the West. Instead of being a costumed action movie, it is a contemporary (well, 1948) light-hearted drama. The story is about two unscrupulous real estate agents who buy a house on the cheap hoping to flip it for a profit. The only impediment is a family of tenants who are too poor to move. The two men try to get rid of the family so they can sell the house, but the family is just so nice...This isn't a particularly deep movie but it does have a few things to say about human decency and the place of art in a materialistic society. If the good characters are just too good to be true, well, that's just part of this movie's charm. Overall it's a very light movie with some darkness at the edges that gets by on its good-naturedness.


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