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Inazuma (1952)

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


Mikio Naruse


Fumiko Hayashi (novel), Sumie Tanaka
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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


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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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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1.37 : 1
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Great, if a bit hard to get at first
15 November 2006 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

Inazuma stars the wonderful Hideko Takamine, which was one of the regulars of the films of Michio Naruse (at least during the 1950s). The movie, set in postwar Japan in a lower middle class milieu, is a bit hard to understand at first, with all the messy family relations for the audience to sort out, but is basically about the Takamine character's decision to leave her extended family and start a life of her own (her mother has four different children from different fathers: "you breed like a cat", Takamine would later reproach her mother, in one of the movie's funnier lines). The movie ends up in a relatively upbeat note. And why in so many Japanese movies from the 1950s the only job apparently available to young women consist on being tourist guides?

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