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Fûfu (1953)

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 »

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Credited cast:
Ken Uehara ... Isaku Nakahara
Yôko Sugi ... Kikuko, Isaku's wife
Rentarô Mikuni ... Ryota Takemura
Keiju Kobayashi ... Shigekichi Hayakawa
Mariko Okada ... Kumiko, Shigekichi's sister
... Naokichi, Shigekichi's father
Hisako Takihana ... Taka, Shigekichi's mother
Chieko Nakakita ... Mrs. Akamatsu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masakazu Hirose
Yoshiko Hirose
Noriko Honma
Daisuke Inoue
Yaeko Izumo
Mayuri Kitsui
Takuzô Kumagai
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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 ensures, culminating in a long overdue house move and an unwelcome pregnancy. Includes general musing on marital politics.

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Loose but lovely
13 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

The context here is tightly drawn in scope around a couple and their colleagues and friends, and the intended theme of marital discord is consistent and pervasive. The plot weaves around within these constraints, bringing out the various aspects of the eternal battle of the sexes. What do you do if your spouse is boring? How do you respond if your spouse is much admired? If your marriage is a cause of distress, whose fault is it? And how do you put it right? Good acting, if a little melodramatic and obvious compared with some of his other films. Effective use of limited interiors but little exterior work, so a more limited palette in sets and prominent cast than is sometimes the case. Really, it has a definite feel of a play turned into a film, with limited use of cinematic inspired techniques. As ever, interesting insights for foreigners like me into Japanese customs. An amusing script helps, as does an extremely watchable leading actress.

So, not one of Naruse's best, but all Naruse's are worth watching and this succeeds in being thoroughly entertaining, particularly if you are or have been married.


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