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A Distant Cry from Spring (1980)

Haruka naru yama no yobigoe (original title)
A mysterious stranger appears at the door of a farmhouse on a stormy night and asks for shelter. The young widow who owns the farm puts him up in the barn. At dawn, he helps to deliver a ... See full summary »

Director:

Yôji Yamada

Writers:

Yoshitaka Asama, Yôji Yamada (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Takakura ... Kôsaku Tajima
Chieko Baishô Chieko Baishô ... Tamiko Kazami
Hidetaka Yoshioka Hidetaka Yoshioka ... Takeshi Kazami
Tetsuya Takeda Tetsuya Takeda
Noko Konoha Noko Konoha
Mizuho Suzuki
Tokuko Sugiyama Tokuko Sugiyama
Tappei Shimokawa Tappei Shimokawa
Yasujirô Ono Yasujirô Ono
Hirohisa Sonoda Hirohisa Sonoda
Takuji Aoki Takuji Aoki
Gô Awazu Gô Awazu
Kyôichi Satô Kyôichi Satô
Megumi Otake Megumi Otake
Kazuhiko Kasai Kazuhiko Kasai
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Storyline

A mysterious stranger appears at the door of a farmhouse on a stormy night and asks for shelter. The young widow who owns the farm puts him up in the barn. At dawn, he helps to deliver a calf and, just as mysteriously and distantly, disappears down the road. In the spring, he returns to stay as a farmhand, gains the respect of the widow and the devotion of her young son, and begins to end their feelings of loneliness. When an intruder, in the person of a rich merchant, shows up and presses his attentions on the widow, the farmhand saves her from his attentions. But there is a mystery about where the stranger came from; and why, after winning the hearts of the widow and her son, he has to go away again.

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Drama

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Remade as A Distant Cry from Spring (2018) See more »

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Just Wonderful
13 December 2009 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

This is my favorite of the films I've seen by director Yoji. Its a simple story, but its so well put together and the two leads, Ken Takakura and Chicko Baisho, both of whom have acted in Yoji films, give straightforward but heartfelt performances. Ms. Baisho's character is a widow with a young child running a farm in northern Japan. On a very rainy night Mr. Takskura's character appears, asking to spend the night. He stays on as a hired hand. The best thing is that there is not a cliché to be found in this film. As the hired hand came from parts unknown and does not appear to have anywhere to go, you wonder where he came from. You find out eventually, but I want you to see this film for the superb direction, story and acting. I really liked Mr. Yoji's "The Yellow Handkerchief" (which Mr. Takakura also gave a stellar performance), but I loved this film. Highly recommended.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Distant Cry from Spring See more »

Filming Locations:

Nakashibetsu, Hokkaido, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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