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A Wanderer's Notebook (1962)

Hôrô-ki (original title)
Fumiko struggles to get her literary work published, spending years working in poverty while being abused by her boyfriend all the while hoping to break free from the cycle.

Director:

Mikio Naruse

Writers:

Fumiko Hayashi (autobiography), Kazuo Kikuta (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hideko Takamine ... Fumiko Hayashi
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... Fukuya
Daisuke Katô Daisuke Katô ... Nobuo Sadaoka
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi ... Fujiyama
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Kishi, Fumiko's mother
Mitsukô Kusabue Mitsukô Kusabue ... Kyôko Hinatsu (as Mitsuko Kusabue)
Noboru Nakaya Noboru Nakaya ... Haruhiko Itatsu
Yûnosuke Itô Yûnosuke Itô ... Gorô Shirasaka
Jun Tatara Jun Tatara ... Tamura
Masao Oda Masao Oda ... Fumiko's father
Takeshi Katô Takeshi Katô ... Uenoyama
Tomoko Fumino Tomoko Fumino ... Yasuko Murano
Natsuko Kahara
Chôko Iida
Machiko Kitagawa Machiko Kitagawa
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Fumiko struggles to get her literary work published, spending years working in poverty while being abused by her boyfriend all the while hoping to break free from the cycle.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 September 1962 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Lonely Lane See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyoto, Japan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Hôrô-ki: Bleak, sad but charming
20 December 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

When not making goofy giant monster movies Toho were known for their bleak period pieces, this is the latter.

It tells the story of one girls struggle as she fights to make her way through a difficult life, poverty, hunger and poor companion choices. As you can imagine this critically acclaimed piece doesn't make for the easiest viewing.

At just over two hours in length it manages to spread out the girls plight and it makes for a very sad watch. Many Toho movies are and it's very difficult to find a balance of sadness and entertainment, there is only so dark you can go before the latter becomes absent.

I'm not sure the balance was right here, though it has its moments it's a very bleak little story and might not have quite the payoff you feel necessary.

Watchable stuff, great performances but I struggled to find enjoyment.

The Good:

Fantastic performances

The Bad:

Unmercifully bleak

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Children should thank their fathers for skipping their first 8yrs

Can you imagine how miserable the movie would be if Toho merged the bleak with the monsters!?


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