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Meshi (1951)

Michiyo lives in the small place Osaka and is not happy with her marriage, all she does is cook and clean for her husband.

Director:

Mikio Naruse

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Toshirô Ide (screenplay), Sumie Tanaka (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara ... Hatsunosuke Okamoto
Setsuko Hara ... Michiyo Okamoto
Yukiko Shimazaki Yukiko Shimazaki ... Satoko Okamoto
Yôko Sugi Yôko Sugi ... Mitsuko Murata, Michiyo's sister-in-law
Akiko Kazami Akiko Kazami ... Seiko Tomiyasu
Haruko Sugimura ... Matsu Murata, Michiyo's mother
Ranko Hanai ... Koyoshi Dohya
Hiroshi Nihon'yanagi ... Kazuo Takenaka
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi ... Shinzo Murata, Michiyo's brother
Akira Ôizumi Akira Ôizumi
Ichirô Shimizu Ichirô Shimizu
Haruo Tanaka Haruo Tanaka
Sô Yamamura
Chieko Nakakita Chieko Nakakita ... Keiko Yamakita
Sayuri Tanima Sayuri Tanima
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Storyline

Michiyo moved to Osaka two years ago, when her husband Hatsunosuke who works at a stock brokerage was transfered from Tokyo. She wash, cook and clean 365 days a year. All the dreams and hopes she had when they got married five years ago seems to be gone. From here on we follow the everyday life of Mr. and Mrs. Okamoto. Written by MarlicOne {imdb@motechnet.com}

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Married Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Osaka, Japan

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film revived the shomingeki sub-genre in which lower middle class and struggling families are depicted. See more »

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I left the theater feeling elated
27 February 2006 | by Howard SchumannSee all my reviews

Repast is the first of many films by Mikio Naruse to be based on the stories of Fumiko Hayashi, in this case on Hayashi's last unfinished novel. Repast is a family drama set in Osaka and Tokyo shortly after the end of World War II. Economic circumstances make life difficult for Michiyo, an Osaka housewife played by Ozu regular Setsuko Hara in an exceptionally nuanced performance. She has been married for five years and the dream of a better life has faded. Her husband Hatsunosuke (Ken Uehara) has a low paying job and her life consists only of the repetitive chores of cleaning, washing, and cooking with no promise of a better future, a fact that she draws constant attention to.

Michiyo is at first welcoming when Hatsunosuke's niece Satoko (Yukiko Shimazaki) comes to visit but soon becomes annoyed and jealous when her husband takes her on a tour of Osaka and pays an inordinate amount of attention to her charms. When her dissatisfaction becomes crystallized, she decides to return to Tokyo to visit her mother (Haruko Sugimura). She is torn between wanting to find a job and remaining separated or returning to her husband to continue with the struggle. She writes a letter to Hatsunosuke ostensibly to say she will not return but it is never mailed. The way her ambivalence is resolved will cause some consternation for modern day women's rights advocates, but seems appropriate under the circumstances and I left the theater feeling elated.


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