Uptight man and hot wife rent a room from a laidback colleague. The colleague and wife get on like a house on fire, while the husband is alternately jealous and sulky. Marital strife ... See full synopsis »
Otsuta is running the geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her business is heavily in debt. Her daughter Katsuyo doesn't see any future in her mothers trade in the late days of Geisha. But Otsuta ... See full summary »
What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money, and has become a wealthy money-lender, spending her days cold-heartedly collecting ... See full summary »
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A few days in the life of a quiet geisha, single mother of a young, smart boy, in the lively Tokyo quarter of Ginza. A woman devoted to other people's needs, she will end by taking part ... See full summary »
Very atypical period piece from Naruse. It's actually a samurai picture, of sorts, though it's definitely more melodrama than action. Michiyo Kogure and Tomoemon Otani star as the titular pair. Kogure is the widow of an assassinated samurai and Otani was that man's pupil. They have been sent out to seek revenge on the murderer, Kogure's first suitor (So Yamamura), but their long and arduous journey has so far been fruitless. The two start to fall in love and question whether their quest for revenge is even worth it. This could have been a bit better told near the beginning - for the first forty minutes or so I was playing catch-up with the plot. But once I got a hold of it, I found it quite powerful, with a lot of subtle, unexpressed emotions. All three of the main cast members are excellent.
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