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Wedding Ring (1950)

Konyaku yubiwa (original title)
A jewelry store president begins to fall for the doctor treating her husband's illness (via Hulu).

Director:

Keisuke Kinoshita

Writer:

Keisuke Kinoshita (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Jûkichi Uno Jûkichi Uno ... Michio Kuki
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Noriko Kuki
Toshirô Mifune ... Takeshi Ema
Nobuko Otowa
Kenji Susukida Kenji Susukida ... Tetsuya Kuki
Mitsuko Yoshikawa
Junji Masuda
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Noriko Kuki is married to Michio Kuki, who is bedridden with illness. Though she loves her husband, Noriko is unhappy with the loss of intimacy in their lives. She discovers she is attracted to Takeshi Ema, her husband's doctor and that he feels the same way about her. Dr. Ema is lonely, and Noriko falls increasingly in love with the handsome, athletic doctor. The possibility of an affair arises, but Michio begins to suspect their relationship. Love, passion, and duty become more and more entangled until Michio rises from his sickbed and does something to force the issue. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 July 1950 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Wedding Ring See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Takeshi Ema: Humans are unpredictable.
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Appearances and Reality
21 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Jûkichi Uno is a tubercular patient, recovering at his home. Toshiro Mifune, his doctor, takes the bus to tend to him and meets Uno's wife, Kinuyo Tanaka. He does not know who she is. He thinks her a local, and asks for directions; she takes him into the house. As time goes on, they develop a yen for each other, and Uno suspects the worst.

Keisuke Kinoshita's drama offers a very un-Japanese view of morality, almost a Jewish one. For the characters in this drama, appearances are very little. What matters ultimately is what people do, not what they think or feel. Even so, those feelings are very important, and sometimes determine what they do; Miss Tanaka runs a fancy jewelry store in the Ginza. She has a fabulous diamond wedding ring, easily six carats, yet she leaves it off in her scenes with Mifune. These trigger resentment, self-loathing and suicidal thoughts in Uno; hope and a desire to abandon his responsibilities to his patient in Mifune; and shame in Miss Tanaka. The question, in the end, is not what they feel, or what others may believe. It is the actions of the people involved which are the only things which are important.


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