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Miss Oyu (1951)

Oyû-sama (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | May 1981 (USA)
Shinnosuke is introduced to Shizu as a prospective marriage partner, but he falls in love with her widowed sister Oyu. Convention forbids Oyu to marry because she has to raise her son as ... See full summary »

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Kenji Mizoguchi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Oyû Kayukawa
Nobuko Otowa ... Shizu
Yûji Hori Yûji Hori ... Shinnosuke Seribashi
Kiyoko Hirai Kiyoko Hirai ... Osumi
Reiko Kongô Reiko Kongô ... Otsugi Kayukawa
Eijirô Yanagi Eijirô Yanagi ... Eitaro
Eitarô Shindô ... Kusaemon
Kanae Kobayashi Kanae Kobayashi ... Nanny
Fumihiko Yokoyama Fumihiko Yokoyama ... Book-keeper
Jun Fujikawa Jun Fujikawa ... Book-keeper
Sôji Shibata Sôji Shibata ... Book-keeper
Inosuke Kuhara Inosuke Kuhara ... Boy
Ayuko Fujishiro Ayuko Fujishiro ... Waitress
Shôzô Nanbu Shôzô Nanbu ... Doctor
Midori Komatsu Midori Komatsu ... Hostess
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Storyline

Shinnosuke is introduced to Shizu as a prospective marriage partner, but he falls in love with her widowed sister Oyu. Convention forbids Oyu to marry because she has to raise her son as the head of her husband's family. Oyu convinces Shinnosuke and Shizu to marry so that she can remain close to Shinnosuke. Written by Will Gilbert

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Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Oyu See more »

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Daiei Studios See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Miss Oyu
6 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

A man falls in love with the sister of his bride-to-be, but all parties involved are bound by societal constraints. The film has the usual stunning cinematography, with graceful tracking moves and elegant framing. The story is engaging, easy to follow and doesn't drag. It's an all-around good movie. But as I've said before, lately I'm getting bored with Mizoguchi. His films just don't thrill me like they used to. It gets kind of tiresome to watch people hang their heads and bemoan their situations all the time. I get that the point is they're being repressed by archaic social expectations, but it'd be nice to see a little more resistance. Everyone is so damn passive. Again, it's a well-crafted film but one that doesn't really inspire a lot of sympathy for the characters.


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