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Echizen take-ningyô (1963)

Haunting melodrama focuses on a young bamboo worker who takes his father's prostitute as his wife.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ayako Wakao ... Tamae
Junichiro Yamashita Junichiro Yamashita ... Kisuke
Tamao Nakamura Tamao Nakamura ... Omitsu
Ganjirô Nakamura Ganjirô Nakamura ... Boatman
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Chubei
Jun Hamamura Jun Hamamura ... Doctor
Saburô Date Saburô Date ... Chôshichi
Taiji Tonoyama ... Monk
Yûsaku Terashima Yûsaku Terashima
San'emon Arashi San'emon Arashi ... Koishima
Ichirô Amano Ichirô Amano
Sumao Ishihara Sumao Ishihara
Fumiko Murata Fumiko Murata
Kôichi Mizuhara Kôichi Mizuhara
Takatsugu Fukui Takatsugu Fukui
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Haunting melodrama focuses on a young bamboo worker who takes his father's prostitute as his wife.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

5 October 1963 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Bamboo Doll of Echizen See more »

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Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A forgotten masterpiece
27 September 2016 | by godgetsmepumpedSee all my reviews

A geisha marries a meek maker of bamboo dolls, but he won't have sex with her. Lonely and desperate, she sleeps with a former client and becomes pregnant. This haunting film is filled with repressed emotions and guilt in the best Japanese sense. Ayako Wakao carries the film and is supported by equally good performances from the great Ko Nishimura and Junichiro Yamashita. Director Yoshimura also made the sublime THE BALL AT THE ANJO HOUSE just after the war. Based on a novel by Tsutomu Minakami, who also wrote 'The Temple of Wild Geese.' This is an obscure, forgotten masterpiece. It's possible Yoshishige Yoshida and Akio Jissoji learned a lot from the style.


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