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The Eternal Rainbow (1958)

Kono ten no niji (original title)
In a film that cuts across documentary and drama styles and features a who is who of Japanese cinema one sees an exploration of both the dynamics of an industrial behemoth, which operates ... See full summary »

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Keisuke Kinoshita
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Teiji Takahashi ... Osamu Sagara
Yoshiko Kuga ... Chie Obita
Takahiro Tamura ... Shirô Machimura
Minoru Ôki ... Kyôichirô Obita
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Fumi Kageyama
Chishû Ryû ... Naoji Kageyama
Kazuya Kosaka Kazuya Kosaka ... Minoru Kageyama
Hizuru Takachiho Hizuru Takachiho ... Hiroko Sonobe
Yûsuke Kawazu ... Kikuo Suda
Toshiko Kobayashi Toshiko Kobayashi ... Hisako Maekawa
Hiroko Itô Hiroko Itô ... Yaeko Hirano
Fujio Suga Fujio Suga ... Seiji Maekawa
Kuniko Igawa ... Hayashi
Masao Oda Masao Oda ... Ryôhei Obita
Kumeko Urabe ... Osamu's mother
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In a film that cuts across documentary and drama styles and features a who is who of Japanese cinema one sees an exploration of both the dynamics of an industrial behemoth, which operates its own independent environment, and societal dynamics in which workers and management and men and women are depicted as both resigned and ambitious. Written by aghaemi

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 October 1958 (Japan) See more »

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The Eternal Rainbow See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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A Documentary Like Look at the Lives of Some Steel Workers
2 February 2014 | by pscamp01See all my reviews

This movie is a very Japanese look at the meaning of a life spent at work. The setting is an enormous steel plant in Japan. It is so large that it is practically a city in itself. It has its own housing for its workers, as well as its own shops, restaurants and recreation centers. It is so large that it is easy to see its workers as little more than ants or cogs in one vast machine, and indeed, this is part of the theme of the movie. The plot centers around two friends: Suda and Sagawa. Suda is new to the plant and is starting to despair at the idea of spending the rest of his life there. Sagawa has accepted his role at the factory but courts discontent when he falls in love with a woman from the secretarial pool, whose family feels that he is not good enough for her. In addition, there are plenty of other characters and sub-plots. Overall, the movie asks some basic questions about life: Is there any meaning to a life spent just living for work? And just what should a person look for in a potential marriage? Despite what feels like a rushed ending, and a ten minute documentary style opening (which personally I found interesting, but most people would probably find annoying) the movie is consistently interesting. Very recommended.


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