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Yoru no tsuzumi (1958)

When a married woman has an affair with a young musician, feudal Japanese law requires that both offenders pay with their lives. However, the woman's husband blames himself for his wife's ... See full summary »

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Tadashi Imai
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Rentarô Mikuni Rentarô Mikuni ... Hikokurô Ogura
Ineko Arima ... Otane, Hikokurô's wife
Masayuki Mori ... Miyaji, the drum teacher
Sumiko Hidaka Sumiko Hidaka ... Oyura
Keiko Yukishiro Keiko Yukishiro
Tomoko Naraoka Tomoko Naraoka ... Maid Orin
Emiko Azuma Emiko Azuma
Kikue Môri ... Kiku, the grandmother
Shizue Natsukawa Shizue Natsukawa ... Naka
Kichiemon Nakamura ... Bunroku Ogura (as Mannosuke Nakamura)
Nobuo Kaneko ... Yukaemon Isobe
Eijirô Tôno ... Mataemon Kurokawa
Ichirô Sugai ... Shirobei Ôta
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô ... Heima Kanze
Taiji Tonoyama ... Sangobei Masayama
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When a married woman has an affair with a young musician, feudal Japanese law requires that both offenders pay with their lives. However, the woman's husband blames himself for his wife's straying and attempts to thwart the law demanding capital punishment. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Both of the distinguished screenwriters who adapted this film from the famous Monzaemon Chikamatsu puppet play, "The Drum of the Waves of Horikawa," Kaneto Shindô and Shinobu Hashimoto, would subsequently die at the age of 100 years, Shindo in May 2012 and Hashimoto in July 2018. According to IMDB, this is the only screenplay on which they collaborated. See more »

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Remarkable Japanese romantic tragedy
23 July 2005 | by kameameaSee all my reviews

A Japanese classic from way back, of special interest to lovers of black and white cinematography. With elegant and dreamlike images, this unpretentious film evokes Japan's forgotten feudal world from the perspective of one wealthy household. As a simple story of an illicit affair (devoid of FX, commercial tie-ins, or anime) cynics may find it a bit melodramatic. But when I saw it as a teenager (in the 70s) it was heady stuff.

Like many older Japanese films, it examines the tug-of-war between rigid social rules and personal desire. Having broken an unyielding taboo, the central characters all pay a terrible price as the romance unfolds. Masayuki Mori is incandescent here, as intelligent and seductive as any male film star you're likely to see.


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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 April 1958 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.37 : 1
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