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Two in the Shadow (1967)

Midaregumo (original title)
A man falls in love with the widow of a man he killed in a car accident. Eventually she falls in love with him in return.


Mikio Naruse


Nobuo Yamada
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yûzô Kayama ... Shiro Mishima
Yôko Tsukasa ... Yumiko
Mitsuko Kusabue Mitsuko Kusabue ... Ayako, Yumiko's sister
Mitsuko Mori Mitsuko Mori ... Katsuko
Mie Hama ... Teruko
Daisuke Katô ... Hayashida
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Yumiko's husband
Yû Fujiki Yû Fujiki ... Ishikawa, Ayako's husband
Tadao Nakamaru Tadao Nakamaru ... Fujiwara
Fuyuki Murakami Fuyuki Murakami
Gen Shimizu Gen Shimizu
Hisao Toake Hisao Toake
Hisaya Itô Hisaya Itô
Bokuzen Hidari
Naoya Kusakawa Naoya Kusakawa ... Inoue


A husband and wife's love for each other and plans for the future are shattered when the man dies in a car accident. Misery is compounded when the man's parents disinherit his now widow and their former daughter-in-law. In the meanwhile, the chauffeur who accidentally killed a man is racked with guilt. In the melee, the driver and the widow begin to develop feelings for another. Written by aghaemi

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Drama | Romance


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Men Suffer Too
13 June 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Yûzô Kayama loses control of his car when a tire blows and kills Yôko Tsukasa's husband. Although a court finds him not guilty, he insists on paying her 15,000 yen a month; his company transfers him to a rural branch.

Meanwhile, Miss Tsukasa is angry about her husband's death, angry that his family wants to remove her name from the family register so they can collect his death benefits, humiliated that she must accept this blood money. When her brother's widow invites her to move back to the family inn, she accepts, and refuses any further from Mr. Kayama. Her sister-in-law's married lover wants her to become the mistress of a business associate to further his prosperity; and the branch of the company that Mr. Kayama has been transferred to uses that very inn to entertain clients.

Mikio Naruse's last movie is about the plight of a woman in modern Japan, trapped between her own desires and emotions and public expectations. It differs from the stereotyped idea of his movies in that Kayama is not a villain, not even unthinkingly so. He is as trapped by the terrible accident as she is, caught by his own sense of right and wrong. He wants to do right by this woman he has wronged. He wants to get out of the small hick town. He wants.... well, he wants what he cannot have.

Naruse and his crew indicate the dullness and repression of modern Japanese society by, among other choices, using a replaced color palette. Almost everyone dresses in greys and tans, and the first flash of red isn't seen until almost half an hour has passed.

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Release Date:

24 April 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Towada, Aomori, Japan

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Toho Company See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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