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A lowly divorcee is tricked into becoming the mistress of a despised moneylender but soon falls in love with a student.

Director:

Shirô Toyoda

Writers:

Ogai Mori (novel), Masashige Narusawa
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hideko Takamine ... Otama
Hiroshi Akutagawa Hiroshi Akutagawa ... Mr. Okada
Jûkichi Uno Jûkichi Uno ... Mr. Kimura, Okada's friend
Eijirô Tôno ... Suezô, the moneylender
Chôko Iida ... Osan, the marriage broker
Eizo Tanaka Eizo Tanaka ... Zenkichi, Otama's father
Kumeko Urabe Kumeko Urabe ... Otsune, Suezo's wife
Miki Odagiri ... Oume, Otama's maid
Kuniko Miyake ... Osada, the sewing mistress
Tadashi Date Tadashi Date
Zenji Yamada Zenji Yamada ... Tasuke
Hiroko Machida Hiroko Machida ... Tasuke's wife
Rieko Himeji Rieko Himeji ... Otake
Akira Naoki Akira Naoki
Tetsuya Watanabe Tetsuya Watanabe
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A woman with a bad track record in her relationships with men falls for yet another when she accepts to become the mistress of a money-lender. Believing him to be a proper businessman and intending to marry her she soon discovers fragments of reality, but because of moneys owed is trapped. In the meanwhile, she falls for an idealistic student, but that is apparently not to be her reality either. Written by aghaemi

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2 February 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mistress See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamacho, Tokyo, Japan

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Daiei Studios See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Hideko Takamine Can Do No Wrong
4 May 2008 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

Let me say from the outset that there is not much in the way of Hideko Takamine films with English subtitles or dubbing. She was one of Japan's greatest actresses, only rivaled to me by Setsuko Hara. I watched the English dubbed version of this film, which was fine, but not advisable. Better to get the subtitled version (if it exists), it seems more natural. That being said, the film is great. Its all about a lady Otoma (Ms. Takamine) becoming a mistress, rather than the wife, of a money lender. He is actually next to a loan shark. She gets her own place, but the money lenders wife finds out about this arrangement and is, of course, upset. Otoma also seems to like a student who helps her, and it is apparent she'd be happier with him, but that may be a dead end. This film is complex, but the use of shadows is a great idea. The mood of the film rarely waivers, and makes for a consistently rewarding, if not actually happy, film. Hideko Takamine, with her pretty doe eyes and beautiful face, lights up any film she is in. The only films I know off the top of my head that have English subtitles of hers are "When A Woman Ascends The Stairs", "Twenty Four Eyes" and "Carmen Comes Home" (Japan's first color film. The sequel "Carmen Finds Love" isn't even available-yet-on DVD). So, watch any Hideko Takamine film while you can. They are all rewarding (the above listed films). This film is a very worthy addition to watch, but check if you can get a subtitle version, rather than the dubbed version. Long may you run, beautiful Ms. Hideko Takamine.


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