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Musashino fujin (1951)

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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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 »

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Version of Musashino fujin (1965) See more »

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Nocturne, op.9, No.2
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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Amazing!
1 November 2011 | by fa-oySee all my reviews

Two years after the foundation of Musashino city, alongside a war almost about to end, Akiyama Michiko, descendant of an old samurai, and therefore rooted in traditional values, is an unhappy woman married to an opportunist, cold and extremely selfish intellectual man who doesn't even love her and would take advantage of her if necessary.

The story might be somewhat simple and boring to those not used to Japanese cinema, but the exceptional thing here is the outstanding camera work. Mizoguchi was one of the pioneering directors of Japanese cinema and his filmmaking style was ahead of its time.

The many sequence shots throughout the entire film are to be taken into account when watching this film; they point out Mizoguchi's amazing skills in filmmaking. It really looks like a modern film, or at least it seemed that way to me; I would have never thought this was from 1951.

For filmmaking students or film buffs this is a hidden gem, just as the entire Mizoguchi filmography is. It is really a shame that he is so underrated.

My score: 9.3/10


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