Tokyo, 1890. Through avarice, a series of misunderstandings, and failures of courage, the engagement of Kan-ichi (a student) and Miya (the daughter of Kan-ichi's debtor) is canceled to ...
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Tokyo, 1890. Through avarice, a series of misunderstandings, and failures of courage, the engagement of Kan-ichi (a student) and Miya (the daughter of Kan-ichi's debtor) is canceled to enable Miya to marry Tomiyama, a wealthy banker's son. In bitter despair, Kan-ichi breaks with his friends, drops his studies, and declares he has ceased to be human. He apprentices to a money-lender, and he's soon ruthless and wealthy. Several years later, Miya's in misery, her husband mistreats her. She goes to Kan-ichi to beg forgiveness; he pushes her away. He's now pursued by Akagashi, herself a cold-hearted loan shark. Can anything free Kan-ichi's hard heart from the golden demon?Written by
Jun Negami and Fujiko Yamamoto are engaged and very much in love. He is a poor college student and her parents badger her into accepting gifts from wealthy suitor Eiji Funakoshi and telling her that he will pay for Negami's further schooling. If she really loves him, she will think about his welfare and marry the rich man, incidentally providing for their old age. The lovers quarrel, she marries Funakoshi, while Negami drops out of school and goes to work for a loan shark, trying to make as much money as possible. She's abused by her husband. They're perfectly miserable.
Director Kôji Shima's opus on how two people in love can torment each other is abetted by a use of color I've never seen before. In the beginning, the color palette is bright, simple and garish. By the time they are unhappy, the colors are muted and the lighting is very dim. While this sort of soap opera, in which people are excessively miserable, is not to my taste, it seems to be very well done. I noticed that Kenji Sugawara, as the friend who tries to effect a reconciliation, has an acting style a lot like Toshiro Mifune. Given his his incredible star tatus in this period, it seems he had his imitators.
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