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Bitter Spirit (1961)

Eien no hito (original title)
| Drama | 1961 (USA)
A young woman is forced by circumstance into a loveless marriage while still in love with another. This episodic tale follows their story through three decades of bitter conflict which engulfs their children and those around them.

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Keisuke Kinoshita
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Hideko Takamine ... Sadako
Keiji Sada ... Takashi
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Heibei
Nobuko Otowa ... Tomoko, Takashi's wife
Akira Ishihama Akira Ishihama ... Yutaka, Takashi's son
Yukiko Fuji Yukiko Fuji ... Naoko, Sadako's daughter
Kiyoshi Nonomura Kiyoshi Nonomura ... Rikizo, Takashi's brother
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô ... Sojiro, Sadako's father
Yasushi Nagata Yasushi Nagata ... Heizaemon, Heibei's father
Torahiko Hamada Torahiko Hamada ... Mr. Koshinuma
Masakazu Tamura Masakazu Tamura ... Eiichi, Sadako's son
Masaya Totsuka Masaya Totsuka ... Morito, Sadako's son
Eijirô Tôno ... Policeman
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Storyline

Heibei, the son of a wealthy landowner, returns home from the war in 1937 wounded in the leg and permanently disabled. He lusts after and thinks he loves Sadako, the daughter of a tenant farmer on his family's property. Sadako is in love with and engaged to Takashi, another soldier who is still off in the war. Heibei has his father blackmail Sadako's family into an arranged marriage between himself and Sadako, and when she refuses, he rapes her. With nowhere now to go, Sadako marries Heibei, but for the next 24 years, the roots of the loveless marriage poison everyone involved. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un amor inmortal See more »

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Shochiku Ofuna See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 34th Academy Awards in 1962. See more »

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This is One Bad Marriage!
21 February 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Wealthy Tatsuya Nakadai returns from war in Manchuria with a gimp leg. Hideko Takamine tells him she loves Keiji Sada, who is still at the front. Angered, he rapes her, and then forces her to marry him, They spend the next 29 years tormenting each other in that particularly demonic way that only the cinematic Japanese manage.

I don't know how younger movie-goers will deal with the relationships in this movie, but I saw marriages when I was a youngster where man and wife hated each other with a passion, and that led me to believe that perhaps the title was a mistranslation, despite the fact that this is the only Japanese movie I've ever seen with a flamenco score. Was the love that felt by Miss Takamine for Mr. Sada, despite the fact that he shows up later with a wife and son? Might the word in Japanese actually mean "Passion"?

All was revealed by the end, but in the meantime, the story, performers and cinematography by Hiroshi Kusuda certainly kept my interest going!


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