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The Long Darkness (1972)

Shinobugawa (original title)
Shinobugawa depicts the emerging love of a student, identified only as "I", for a young waitress named Shino.

Director:

Kei Kumai
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gô Katô Gô Katô ... Tetsuro
Komaki Kurihara ... Shino
Yasushi Nagata Yasushi Nagata ... Tetsuro's father
Kinzô Shin ... Shino's father
Kaneko Iwasaki ... Kayo - short-sighted sister
Hisako Takihana Hisako Takihana ... Tetsuro's mother
Yûsuke Takita Yûsuke Takita ... Yukifusa Kimura
Hisashi Igawa ... Tetsuro's elder brother
Yasushi Kachi Yasushi Kachi ... Fumiya
Karin Yamaguchi Karin Yamaguchi ... Aya
Kin Sugai Kin Sugai ... Wellwisher on train
Toshie Kimura ... Okami
Katsue Nitta Katsue Nitta
Ikuko Tani Ikuko Tani
Mayumi Katayama Mayumi Katayama ... Mika
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Shinobugawa depicts the emerging love of a student, identified only as "I", for a young waitress named Shino.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

July 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Long Darkness See more »

Filming Locations:

Yonezawa, Yamagata, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Haiyuza, Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The greatest Japanese movie ever made
18 September 2001 | by Richard HobbySee all my reviews

Kei Kumai, Japan's greatest director, is, sadly, virtually unknown in the United States. I have seen four of his films: Sandakan 8, Death Of A Tea Master, Shinobugawa, and Deep River. They are all amazing and wonderful, but to me the greatest is Shinobugawa. It is the story of a young man and a young woman who, despite suffering and tragedy, find their way to each other. Kumai tells the story with such sensitivity and intelligence and emotion that I was moved to the very depths of my soul. The music by Teizo Matsumura is perfect. It is a great tragedy that not one of Kei Kumai's movies is available on video. I can only hope that this great man's genius will soon be recognized and his films will be made available.


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