Reputedly based on Frank Capra’s 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, A Descendant of Tarô Urashima is about a repatriated soldier Read More »
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Spring on Leper’s Island AKA Kojima no haru (1940) Shirô Toyoda, Shizue Natsukawa, Ichirô Sugai, Haruko Sugimura
Based on actual events, taken from a woman doctor’s story of life in a remote leper colony. Read More »
Tamiko is a divorced mother with a seriously ill son, struggling to save him and give both a sense of their existence. Read More »
Morning for the Osone Family (1946) Keisuke Kinoshita, Haruko Sugimura, Toshinosuke Nagao, Shin Tokudaiji
Kinoshita’s first film after the end of World War II is a wrenching, superbly wrought tale about a liberal-minded Japanese family torn apart by war and imperialist politics. Read More »
The Conspirator (1961) Daisuke Itô, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Haruko Sugimura, Chiyonosuke Azuma, Action, Drama
Two hostile clans had attained an artificial understanding which includes the union of someone from every family. Read More »
Nogiku no gotoki kimi nariki / She Was Like a Wild Chrysanthemum (1955) Keisuke Kinoshita, Noriko Arita, Chishû Ryû, Haruko Sugimura, Drama, Romance
An old man, being rowed along a river, sees a field of daisies (or Wild Chrysanthemums, as they are described in the title, or starworts, as they are referred to in the subtitles), and thinks back to when he was fifteen. Read More »
A troupe of travelling players arrive at a small seaport in the south of Japan. Komajuro Arashi, the aging master of the troupe, goes to visit his old flame Oyoshi and their son Kiyoshi, even though Kiyoshi believes Komajuro is his uncle. The leading actress Sumiko is jealous and so, in order to humiliate the master, persuades the younger actress Kayo to seduce Kiyoshi.
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Bangiku / Late Chrysanthemums (1954) Mikio Naruse, Haruko Sugimura, Ken Uehara, Sadako Sawamura, Drama
What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money, and has become a wealthy money-lender, spending her days cold-heartedly collecting debts. Even her best friends, Tomi, Nobu, and Tamae, who were her fellow Geisha, are now indebted to her. For all of them, the glamor of their young lives has passed; Tomi and Tamae have children, but their children have disappointed them. Kin has two former lovers who still pursue her; one she wants to see, and the other she doesn’t. But even the one she remembers fondly, when he shows up, proves to be a disappointment.
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