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A Japanese Tragedy (1953)

Nihon no higeki (original title)
Alternating in time, between the end of World War II and 1953, Haruko, a widow, does what she can to keep her daughter Utako and son Seiichi safe, fed, and sheltered. By 1953, it's clear ... See full summary »

Director:

Keisuke Kinoshita
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yûko Mochizuki Yûko Mochizuki ... Haruko Inoue
Yôko Katsuragi Yôko Katsuragi ... Haruko's daughter
Masami Taura Masami Taura ... Haruko's son
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keiko Awaji Keiko Awaji ... Wakamaru, a geisha
Shin'ichi Himori ... Ichizo
Nadao Kirino Nadao Kirino
Tanie Kitabayashi Tanie Kitabayashi ... Ichizo's wife
Yôshirô Kusakari Yôshirô Kusakari ... Ichizo's son
Keiji Sada ... Tatsuya, street musician
Fujio Suga Fujio Suga ... Fujita
Teiji Takahashi Teiji Takahashi ... Sato
Sanae Takasugi Sanae Takasugi ... Mrs. Akazawa
Jun Tatara Jun Tatara
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara ... Masayuki Akazawa, the English teacher
Eijirô Yanagi Eijirô Yanagi ... Iwami
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Storyline

Alternating in time, between the end of World War II and 1953, Haruko, a widow, does what she can to keep her daughter Utako and son Seiichi safe, fed, and sheltered. By 1953, it's clear that the children, as they enter adulthood, want little to do with their mother. They have a different view of their childhood and her sacrifices: in their eyes, she abandoned them to live a life of pleasure. The self-pitying Haruko is sure her life was one of pain and humiliation, for her children. As Seiichi, now a medical student, announces his plans to let a wealthy man adopt him, and as Utako considers the offer to go away with a married man who is her English teacher, what is left for Haruko? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

30 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Japanese Tragedy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shôchiku Eiga See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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