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Farewell to Spring (1959)

Sekishunchô (original title)
Longtime friends reunite only to find out that their bonds are not as strong as they thought they were.


Keisuke Kinoshita


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keiji Sada ... Eitarô Makita
Ineko Arima ... Midori
Masahiko Tsugawa Masahiko Tsugawa ... Yasuo Makita
Akira Ishihama Akira Ishihama ... Kôzô Teshirogi
Toyozô Yamamoto Toyozô Yamamoto ... Akira Masugi
Kazuya Kosaka Kazuya Kosaka ... Takuya Minemura
Yûsuke Kawazu ... Naoji Iwagaki
Yukiyo Toake Yukiyo Toake ... Yôko Momozawa
Nijiko Kiyokawa Nijiko Kiyokawa ... Takuya's mother
Mutsuko Sakura Mutsuko Sakura ... Kikutarô
Murasaki Fujima Murasaki Fujima ... Yasuo's mother
Seiji Miyaguchi ... Akira's father
Teruko Kishi Teruko Kishi ... Tane Momozawa
Yasushi Nagata Yasushi Nagata ... Heizaburô Onizuka
Kazuko Okada Kazuko Okada ... Akira's mother


Longtime friends reunite only to find out that their bonds are not as strong as they thought they were.

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Release Date:

28 April 1959 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Farewell to Spring See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Excellent japanese story.
20 March 2018 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Really good tale from Japan. Written and directed by Keisuke Kinoshita, about midway through his career. Very well done story, with several subplots. Story about students who re-unite a couple years later, and realize how much they have all changed since they last met. The recurring theme is "honor" (this is Japan, after all!) interesting dilemma near the end... is it more honorable to tell the police what one knows, or more honorable to let a friend escape before he can be caught? Another recurring theme is the story of the Fighting Tigers, who made a valiant last stand protecting their city. and they keep singing the song that tells that story. I wasn't able to find much about the actual Fighting Tigers legend, but it seems to have been an actual group of teenage warriors in the 1860s.

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