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Sound of the Mountain (1954)

Yama no oto (original title)
Approved | | Drama | January 1980 (USA)
An ingratiating bride develops warm ties to her father-in-law while her cold husband blithely slights her for another woman.

Director:

Mikio Naruse

Writers:

Yasunari Kawabata (novel), Yôko Mizuki (adaptation)
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Cast overview:
Setsuko Hara ... Ogata Kikuko
Sô Yamamura ... Ogata Shingo
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara ... Otto, Shuichi
Yôko Sugi Yôko Sugi ... Tanizaki Hideko
Teruko Nagaoka ... Tsuma, Yasuko
Yatsuko Tan'ami Yatsuko Tan'ami ... Ikeda
Chieko Nakakita ... Aihara Fusako
Rieko Sumi Rieko Sumi ... Kinuko
Hisao Toake Hisao Toake ... Shingo no yuujin
Machiko Kitagawa Machiko Kitagawa
Fumiko Saito Fumiko Saito
Tsuruko Mano Tsuruko Mano
Nobuo Kaneko
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The businessman Ogata Shingo works with his son Shuichi, who is his secretary, and they live together in the suburb with their wives Yasuko and Kikuko respectively. Shuichi has a love affair and a loveless marriage with Kikuko. Yasuko has dedicated her entire life to her family but Shingo married her only because her older sister had died. Kikuko is the pride and joy of Shingo and they are close to each other. Out of the blue, Shingo and Yasuko's daughter Fusako leaves her husband and arrives at Shingo's home with her two children. Shingo investigates and finds the address of Shuichi's lover. Meanwhile Kikuko goes to the hospital and Shingo learns that she was pregnant but decided to abort her child. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Based on the novel Sound of the Mountain by Nobel prize winning author Yasunari Kawabata. See more »

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Forbidden Love
15 April 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The businessman Ogata Shingo (Sô Yamamura) works with his son Shuichi (Ken Uehara), who is his secretary, and they live together in the suburb with their wives Yasuko (Teruko Nagaoka) and Kikuko (Setsuko Hara) respectively. Shuichi has a love affair and has a loveless marriage with Kikuko. Yasuko has dedicated her entire life to her family but Shingo married her only because her older sister had died. Kikuko is the pride and joy of Shingo and they are close to each other.

Out of the blue, Shingo and Yasuko's daughter Fusako (Chieko Nakakita) leaves her husband and arrives at Shingo's home with her two children. Shingo investigates and finds the address of Shuichi's lover. Meanwhile Kikuko goes to the hospital and Shingo learns that she was pregnant but decided to abort her child.

"Yama no oto" is a movie about forbidden love based on the novel of Yasumari Kawabata and directed by Mikio Naruse that uses the favorite theme of Ozu – the family drama - and similar locations. The story is based on the patriarch Shingo, a man that has married his wife without loving her but also respected her along their lives. He feels a forbidden love with his sister-in-law Kikuko, a woman that is apparently submissive working as a servant at home, but strong enough to abort her child to avoid keeping her loveless marriage with her husband. Fusako is Shingo's estranged daughter that is also strong enough to leave her husband and move with her children to her parents' home. This women behavior is unusual in Japanese movies from these years. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Som da Montanha" ("The Sound of the Mountain")


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Language:

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