Tag Archives: Kinuyo Tanaka

Hiromasa Nomura – Kinuyo no hatsukoi AKA Kinuyo’s First Love (1940)

Kinuyo is a daughter of rice cracker shop in downtown. She fell in love with her sister’s boyfriend. It is a story whose theme is warm human relationships in a town of customs and manners. Read More »

Yasujirô Ozu – Kaze no naka no mendori AKA A Hen in the Wind (1948)

A man returns from World War II to find his desperate wife had resorted to one night of prostitution to pay for their son’s hospital bills. Read More »

Mikio Naruse – Okasan aka Mother (1952)

Synopsis:
Based on a girl’s prize-winning school essay on the subject of “My Mother”. Mizuki Yoko fashioned one of her most moving scripts. Upon the death of her husband the mother (Tanaka Kinuyo) runs the family laundry by herself. She is helped by her first daughter (Kagawa Kyoko) bust must send her second daughter to live with relatives because she cannot afford to keep her. A real shomingeki with lots of heart
— Donald Richie, A Hundred Years of Japanese Film. Read More »

Heinosuke Gosho – Hanayome no negoto AKA The Bride Talks in Her Sleep (1933)

Five friends make a pact to stick together through school, agreeing to graduate at the same time and to marry at the same time… Read More »

Kenji Mizoguchi – Saikaku ichidai onna AKA The Life of Oharu (1952)

Quote:
Based on Saikaku Ihara’s novel, The Life Of Oharu charts the tragic demise of Oharu (Kinuyo Tanaka) in 17th century Japan. An attendant at the imperial court in Kyoto, she is exiled to the countryside with her parents for the crime of falling in love with Katsunosuke (Toshirô Mifune), who suggests she should marry out of romantic feelings, not duty. Forced by her father into being a concubine for Lord Matsudaira (Toshiaki Konoe), she bears him a son, is then sold to brothel, before finally ending up as a street prostitute. Read More »

Keisuke Kinoshita – Koge AKA The Scent of Incense (1964) (HD)

Quote:
The success of The River Fuefuki encouraged Kinoshita to return to period filmmaking once again with this “epic” chamber drama about a geisha mother and her daughter. Based on the popular novel by Ariyoshi Sawako, the story begins as Ikuyo (Nobuko Otowa) is forced into prostitution from poverty; she soon becomes known as a woman who will agree to her clients’ basest desires. Although shielded from her mother’s profession, her daughter Tomoko (Mariko Okada) is deeply ashamed by her mother’s degradation—while still accepting her financial support. But when Mariko attracts the attention of a boy from a well-to-do family, the danger arises that he might discover Mariko’s secret. Read More »

Yasujirô Ozu – Rakudai wa shitakeredo aka I flunked but… (1930)

Yasujirô Ozu wrote:
One could say this is the flip side of I Graduated, But… The student-protagonist scribbles his crib notes on his shirt sleeve, but the day of his graduation exam, the girl at his boarding house unwittingly takes the shirt to the launderette So naturally, he flunks. However, those who pass and graduate in high spirits cannot land any job, while the ones who flunked can continue to bum around living off their parent’s money. It’s a vignette. Although Ryu Chishu has appeared in my previous films, it was the first time I let him have a go at a more significant role. Read More »