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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).

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Jûkichi Uno ... Michio Kuki
... Noriko Kuki
... Takeshi Ema
Kenji Susukida ... Tetsuya Kuki
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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Average drama about an unhappy wife
11 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Once upon a time, "women's film" was a very popular movie genre. I'm not talking about romantic comedies but rather dramas that were aimed at middle-class and affluent women. Usually they were about wives and their spouses or families. The best known examples here in America are probably the Douglas Sirk melodramas from the 1950's. They were also pretty popular in Japan and here we have what was probably a typical example. An Engagement Ring (the Criterion print on Hulu calls it Wedding Ring) is about a successful business woman played by Kinuyo Tanaka. She is the president of a department store in Tokyo but she has to commute to a remote town every weekend to attend to her husband who has been sick with tuberculosis for years. Trouble arrives in the form of a hunky new doctor, played by Toshiro Mifune.

I have to admit I am not a big fan of the genre. I do like some of Sirk's movies, but this film is nowhere in their league. It does have some nice shots and it is interesting to see Mifune in a rather subdued role. But overall the story is not very compelling and the movie as a whole is rather dull. Completists of old Japanese films or of the director might enjoy it, but I think most people would be rather bored by it.


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