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Aizen katsura (1938)

A young doctor, Kozo Tsumura (Uehara), falls for young nurse Katsue Takaishi (Tanaka). But she's got a secret: she's a widow with a son. Kozo and Katsue decide to run away to Kyoto, but her... See full summary »


Hiromasa Nomura


Matsutarô Kawaguchi (novel), Kôgo Noda


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Credited cast:
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Katsue Takaishi
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara ... Kozo Tsumura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hideo Fujino Hideo Fujino ... Yasuki
Mitsuko Higashiyama Mitsuko Higashiyama ... Yoneko Saiga, nurse
Ryôko Hisahara Ryôko Hisahara ... Tokuko Hamada, nurse
Yaeko Izumo Yaeko Izumo ... Haruko Minezawa, nurse
Ayako Katsuragi Ayako Katsuragi ... Kiyoko
Reikichi Kawamura Reikichi Kawamura ... Haruki
Kazuko Kojima Kazuko Kojima ... Toshiko
Tazuko Kusaka Tazuko Kusaka ... Tatsuko Wakai, nurse
Mitsuko Mito ... Kimura's Wife / Kimura's child
Masami Morikawa Masami Morikawa ... Takeko
Seiji Nishimura Seiji Nishimura ... Terashima
Fumiko Okamura Fumiko Okamura ... Sato
Shin Saburi ... Hattori


A young doctor, Kozo Tsumura (Uehara), falls for young nurse Katsue Takaishi (Tanaka). But she's got a secret: she's a widow with a son. Kozo and Katsue decide to run away to Kyoto, but her child suddenly became sick and she just missed the train and Kozo. She makes it to Kyoto finally, but is unable to meet him. Plus she isn't accepted into Kyoto society. She goes back to her hometown and tries to forget him. She quits the hospital to concentrate on her singing. She makes her professional debut with the hit "Aizen Katsura". Kozo is in the audience. Written by rowerivers

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Drama | Romance


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Featured in Shôchiku eiga sanjû-nen: Omoide no album (1950) See more »


Tabi no Yokaze
Composed by Manjoume Tadashi
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Why Don't You Tell Me About It?
22 September 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Kinuyo Tanaka has a child, which is a problem for her being a nurse. Her fellow nurses agree to cover up for her. It's also a problem for her budding romance with handsome young doctor Ken Uehara. He's the son of the hospital's manager who when Uehara to marry a socially advantageous woman. None the less, Uehara and Miss Tanaka decide to run off for a while. She doesn't show up because she's tending to her sick child, which causes problems in both her professional and love lives. Eventually she decides to chuck it all and become a professional singer.

There are a lot of problems with the script, which sets the situation and advances the plot via large chunks of exposition. This is surprising because the novel it was based on was written by Matsutarô Kawaguchi, which directed films in the silent era, and the screenplay was by Kôgo Noda, who would spend the 1950s writing screenplay for Ozu. The large assortment of careers Miss Tanaka rivals RANDOM HARVEST for a character's course of life, and Uehara seems to change directions whenever it suits the plot.

That said, director Hiromasa Nomura handles the screenplay in as workmanlike a fashion as he can. It's just a pity he wasn't given something a lot more coherent.

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Release Date:

15 September 1938 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tree of Love See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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| (Zenpen) | (Kohen) | (reedited)

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1.37 : 1
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