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Inazuma (1952)

Poor, pathetic mother Ose (Kumeko Urabe) has four children, three daughters and a son, by four different men.

Director:

Mikio Naruse

Writers:

Fumiko Hayashi (novel), Sumie Tanaka
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hideko Takamine ... Kiyoko
Mitsuko Miura Mitsuko Miura ... Mitsuko
Kyôko Kagawa ... Tsubomi
Chieko Murata Chieko Murata ... Nuiko
Jun Negami Jun Negami ... Shuzo
Eitarô Ozawa Eitarô Ozawa ... Tsunakichi (as Sakae Ozawa)
Kumeko Urabe Kumeko Urabe ... Osei
Chieko Nakakita Chieko Nakakita ... Ritsu
Hisako Takihana Hisako Takihana ... Tome
Kenzaburo Uemura Kenzaburo Uemura ... Ryuzo
Mariko Sugioka Mariko Sugioka ... Katsura
Osamu Maruyama Osamu Maruyama ... Kasuke
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tadashi Date Tadashi Date
Machiko Hamaji Machiko Hamaji
Kazukie Hidaka Kazukie Hidaka
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What do you call a woman who has four children from four different men? Destitute, wanton, free, liberated, disgusting, busy, hard working, all of these or none of those? This is a picture of a family that is, at least, materially poor and sometimes toils to keep its head above water. Written by aghaemi

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

9 October 1952 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Bliksem See more »

Filming Locations:

Koto, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A lovely film
6 March 2001 | by sharptongueSee all my reviews

In the same category as the superb HAPPINESS FOR US ALONE, though not in the same class. Both films deal in earthy detail with lives of working (and sometime not working) poor in post WWII Tokyo, in a manner which is consistently level-headed, neither sensational or sentimental, but still managing to be engrossing entertainment, even enthralling.

And, most importantly for this reviewer, both star the luminous Hideko Takamine. This adorable and beautiful lead actress had a very busy career, and her expressive face is a joy to watch.

INAZUMA is essentially a high-quality soap opera. Told mainly from Kiyoko's (youngest daughter, aged 23) point of view, the story mainly concerns an old woman who had four offspring, each from different fathers. Nearly everyone is a highly fallible human being, and you sometimes want to grab these characters, shake them and yell "stop being so damn stupid !".

That curious old Hollywood term "woman's picture" also comes to mind, as the strongest characters are all women, as does "slice of life", because the story has no proper start and end points.

If all this makes it sound dull and lacking focus, it isn't. This is a wonderful film in every possible way. The direction and acting are first class, and the characters all too believeable and probably very much like many other people you know. In a way, comparison with HFUA is unfair, as HFUA is a strong candidate for one of the best Japanese films ever made, but INAZUMA still rates a strong mention.

Highly recommended.


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