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The Woman of Rumour (1954)

Uwasa no onna (original title)
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Hatsuko Umabuchi is a widow who runs a prosperous geisha house in present-day Kyoto. Her daughter Yukiko returns from Tokyo following a failed suicide attempt, after her lover found out ... See full summary »

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Kenji Mizoguchi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Hatsuko Mabuchi
Tomoemon Otani Tomoemon Otani ... Dr. Kenji Matoba
Yoshiko Kuga ... Yukiko Mabuchi
Eitarô Shindô ... Yasuichi Harada
Bontarô Miake Bontarô Miake ... Kobayashi
Chieko Naniwa ... Osaki
Haruo Tanaka Haruo Tanaka ... Kawamoto
Hisao Toake Hisao Toake ... Yamada
Michiko Ai Michiko Ai ... Aioi Dayu
Sachiko Mine Sachiko Mine ... Chiyo
Yôko Wakasugi Yôko Wakasugi ... Tamakoto Dayu
Kimiko Tachibana Kimiko Tachibana ... Usugumo Dayu
Teruyo Hasegawa Teruyo Hasegawa ... Kisaragi Dayu
Teruko Daimi Teruko Daimi ... Onoue Dayu
Kan Ueda Kan Ueda ... Takeshita
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Storyline

Hatsuko Umabuchi is a widow who runs a prosperous geisha house in present-day Kyoto. Her daughter Yukiko returns from Tokyo following a failed suicide attempt, after her lover found out about her mother's profession. Hatsuko is having a discreet love affair with the young Dr. Matoba, who looks after the geisha. The doctor is attracted to Yukiko, who initially despises him and everything connected with the geisha house. However, Yukiko gradually changes her views. Written by Will Gilbert

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 June 1954 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Woman in the Rumor See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,860
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Daiei Studios See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (1975) See more »

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Arabesque N°1
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"I wonder when girls like us will no longer be needed, but they just keep coming."
10 September 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Yoshiko Kuga was engaged, but when her fiance found out what her mother was, he broke it off. Miss Kuga tried to kill herself. Now her mother, Kinuyo Tanaka has fetched her home to her brothel in Kyoto. Miss Kuga hates the work, but she behaves compassionately towards the girls who work there. It's a well-run establishment, and the girls are well taken care of. There's even a doctor on call, Tomoemon Otani. He's Miss Tanaka's lover. She is preparing to sell the place, finance a clinic for Otani, and marry him. However, Miss Kuga doesn't know this, and she and Otani plot to run off to Tokyo together.

It's a typically sympathetic look at the profession by Kenji Mizoguchi, and with the fearless Miss Tanaka playing an aging mistress, it's very well acted. It's not one of Mizoguchi's major pieces, but it's a fine minor effort.


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