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The Lady from Musashino (1951)

Musashino fujin (original title)
Set in post-war Japan, The Lady of Musashino tells the story of Michiko, a disillusioned young woman trapped in a loveless marriage. She confides in her younger cousin, Tsutomo, and the two become close.

Director:

Kenji Mizoguchi

Writers:

Shohei Ooka (novel), Yoshikata Yoda
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Michiko Akiyama
Yukiko Todoroki ... Tomiko Ono
Masayuki Mori ... Tadao Akiyama
Akihiko Katayama Akihiko Katayama ... Tsutomu Miyaji
Sô Yamamura ... Eiji Ono
Eitarô Shindô ... Shinzaburo Miyaji
Kiyoko Hirai Kiyoko Hirai ... Tamiko Miyaji
Minako Nakamura Minako Nakamura ... Yukiko Ono
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mie Asô Mie Asô
Taizô Fukami Taizô Fukami
Yaeko Izumo Yaeko Izumo
Ken'o Kawasaki Ken'o Kawasaki
Mitsuo Matsumoto Mitsuo Matsumoto
Satoshi Nishida Satoshi Nishida ... Narita
Reiko Otani Reiko Otani ... Takako Sasamoto
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Set in post-war Japan, The Lady of Musashino tells the story of Michiko, a disillusioned young woman trapped in a loveless marriage. She confides in her younger cousin, Tsutomo, and the two become close.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Musashino See more »

Filming Locations:

Musashino, Tokyo, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Version of Musashino fujin (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne, op.9, No.2
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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this family has a few...interpersonal difficulties.
6 September 2015 | by becky-bradwaySee all my reviews

A pretty racy film about a family trapped by tradition and warped by modernity. I found our heroine to be too self-sacrificing to be truly interesting, though her situation (caught between illicit love and familial restraint) sympathetic. I did relate in a personal sense to her attachment to a rural past, and understood her inability and desire to transcend it. None of the characters was especially interesting, being there to represent types and ideas more than for nuanced development -- no subtle Ozu or Naruse moments here. A lot of interfamilial 1) love & 2) sleeping around. Fun! ... For me the film was too baldly nostalgic about traditional Japan & too overt about the warping of Western influences -- until the end, in which it all came together in a stunning, profound fashion. Not my favorite Mizoguchi, or the most beautiful, but I'm glad I saw it.


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