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The Lady from Musashino (1951)

Musashino fujin (original title)
Set in post-war Japan, The Lady of Musashino tells the story of Michiko, a disillusioned young woman trapped in a loveless marriage. She confides in her younger cousin, Tsutomo, and the two become close.

Director:

Kenji Mizoguchi

Writers:

Shohei Ooka (novel), Yoshikata Yoda
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Michiko Akiyama
Yukiko Todoroki ... Tomiko Ono
Masayuki Mori ... Tadao Akiyama
Akihiko Katayama Akihiko Katayama ... Tsutomu Miyaji
Sô Yamamura ... Eiji Ono
Eitarô Shindô ... Shinzaburo Miyaji
Kiyoko Hirai Kiyoko Hirai ... Tamiko Miyaji
Minako Nakamura Minako Nakamura ... Yukiko Ono
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mie Asô Mie Asô
Taizô Fukami Taizô Fukami
Yaeko Izumo Yaeko Izumo
Ken'o Kawasaki Ken'o Kawasaki
Mitsuo Matsumoto Mitsuo Matsumoto
Satoshi Nishida Satoshi Nishida ... Narita
Reiko Otani Reiko Otani ... Takako Sasamoto
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Set in post-war Japan, The Lady of Musashino tells the story of Michiko, a disillusioned young woman trapped in a loveless marriage. She confides in her younger cousin, Tsutomo, and the two become close.

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Drama | Romance

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Connections

Referenced in Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (1975) See more »

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Nocturne, op.9, No.2
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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intensely moving
4 January 2004 | by rutkinsSee all my reviews

intensely moving story about a woman trapped between her stoic/moral beliefs, and the changing times brought about by the end of WW2. Similar themes discussed in Ozu's films 'floating weeds' + 'end of summer', but with a more direct and stark style.

Fascinating look at how upper middle class in Japan react to war and its aftermath, as well as to adultery and suicide.

As in Ridley Scott's 'Gladiator', the image of tall grass serves to express the calm fertility of nature with a dream-like quality, in contrast to the malignant hustle and bustle of the city.

An excellent drama, despite the less than perfect quality of the print (even though it is a new print)


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Musashino See more »

Filming Locations:

Musashino, Tokyo, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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