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Konjiki yasha (1954)

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 ... See full summary »


Kôji Shima


Kôji Shima, Koyo Ozaki (author-novel-Konjiki Yasha) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jun Negami Jun Negami ... Kan-ichi
Fujiko Yamamoto ... Miya
Kenji Sugawara Kenji Sugawara ... Arao
Mitsuko Mito ... Akagashi
Kazuko Fushimi Kazuko Fushimi ... Aiko
Eiji Funakoshi ... Tomiyama
Shizue Natsukawa Shizue Natsukawa ... Mrs. Minowa
Kumeko Urabe ... Tose
Kinzô Shin ... Mr. Shigisawa
Shikô Saitô Shikô Saitô ... Wanibuchi
Teppei Endô Teppei Endô ... Mr. Minowa
Jun Miyazaki Jun Miyazaki ... Kamata
Yuki Hayakawa Yuki Hayakawa ... Kazahaya
Yoshio Takee Yoshio Takee ... Yusa
Sachiko Meguro Sachiko Meguro ... Mrs. Yusa
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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How Miserable Can You Be?
5 May 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

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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Release Date:

21 March 1954 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Le démon doré See more »

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Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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