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Story of a Beloved Wife (1951)

Aisai monogatari (original title)
Shindo's directorial debut is the fictionalized account of the death of his first wife. Following the breakout of the Pacific War, the Japanese film industry was forcibly downsized. ... See full summary »

Director:

Kaneto Shindô

Writer:

Kaneto Shindô
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nobuko Otowa ... Takako Ishikawa
Jûkichi Uno Jûkichi Uno ... Keita Numazaki
Ichirô Sugai ... Director of the film studio
Denjirô Ôkôchi
Osamu Takizawa Osamu Takizawa ... Film Director Sakaguchi
Ryôsuke Kagawa Ryôsuke Kagawa ... Kôzô Ishikawa, Takako's father
Yuriko Hanabusa Yuriko Hanabusa ... Yumie Ishikawa
Masao Shimizu Masao Shimizu ... Masuda
Taiji Tonoyama
Seishirô Hara Seishirô Hara
Teruko Ômi Teruko Ômi ... Wife Of Director
Kazue Tamaki Kazue Tamaki
Osamu Haneda Osamu Haneda
Takashi Hata Takashi Hata
Shuntarô Tamamura Shuntarô Tamamura
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Storyline

Shindo's directorial debut is the fictionalized account of the death of his first wife. Following the breakout of the Pacific War, the Japanese film industry was forcibly downsized. Numazaki, a mediocre screenwriter, faces imminent dismissal. His wife Takako encourages him to seek work in Kyoto. Numazaki fails his aptitude test, which is to write a script for the famous but demanding director Sakaguchi (a veiled reference for Kenji Mizoguchi). Takako offers to support his husband for a year, so that he can hone his craft from scratch.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 September 1951 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Opowiesc o ukochanej zonie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to the director the film was 70% factual and 30% fictional about his recently deceased wife. See more »

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