Tag Archives: Akira Takarada
Samurai Saga / Aru kengo no shogai (1959) Hiroshi Inagaki, Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Akira Takarada, Action, Drama
Edmund Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac, transplanted to Japan. A poet-warrior with an oversized nose (matched only by his great heart) loves a lady. But she sees him only as a friend, so he helps another man to woo her by giving him the poetry of his own heart.
Onna no rekishi / A Woman’s Life (1963) Mikio Naruse, Hideko Takamine, Akira Takarada, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Drama
Nobuko (Hideko Takamine) is a gentle Japanese woman who endures several ordeals during her adult life in this somber, sentimental drama. She gives birth to a baby boy after she marries the man she loves, but the philandering husband is killed during the war. Nobuko raises her son as a single mother and is heartbroken when he grows up and marries a saloon girl against her wishes. When her son dies in an auto wreck, Nobuko finally accepts her daughter-in-law after learning she will soon have a baby.