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Ukigumo (1955)

A tragic social drama set in post war Japan and concerns a lonely woman trying to find purpose and stability in a devastated Tokyo.

Director:

Mikio Naruse

Writers:

Fumiko Hayashi (novel), Yôko Mizuki (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hideko Takamine ... Yukiko Koda
Masayuki Mori ... Kengo Tomioka
Mariko Okada Mariko Okada ... Sei Mukai
Isao Yamagata Isao Yamagata ... Sugio Iba
Chieko Nakakita Chieko Nakakita ... Kuniko Tomioka
Daisuke Katô Daisuke Katô ... Seikichi Mukai
Mayuri Mokushô Mayuri Mokushô ... Nomiya no musume
Noriko Sengoku Noriko Sengoku ... Yakushima no okaasan
Fuyuki Murakami Fuyuki Murakami ... Futsuin no shikensho-chou
Heihachirô Ôkawa Heihachirô Ôkawa ... Isha
Nobuo Kaneko ... Futsuin no shoin - Suitou
Roy James Roy James ... American soldier (as Roi H. Jêmusu)
Kan Hayashi Kan Hayashi
Akira Tani Akira Tani ... Shinja
Seijirô Onda Seijirô Onda
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A tragic social drama set in post war Japan and concerns a lonely woman trying to find purpose and stability in a devastated Tokyo.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

6 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nubes flotantes See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Third in the centenary poll by Kinema-Junpo magazine about all-time best Japanese films, only Seven Samurai (1954) and Tokyo Story (1953) preceded it. See more »

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References Going My Way (1944) See more »

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Riveting at times, but ultimately tedious
15 March 2003 | by wjficklingSee all my reviews

This at first appears to be a riveting study of human relationships, and it is entertaining. But ultimately it never gets beyond the level of a high class soaper, and it goes on far too long. Calling it a soaper is by no means pejorative; I am a dedicated fan of Douglas Sirk. But Sirk never took himself as seriously as the makers of this film appear to, and that makes it all the more ponderous. Worth seeing, however.


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