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A Woman's Place (1962)

Onna no za (original title)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hideko Takamine ... Yoshiko, Ishikawa-ke no yome
Yôko Tsukasa ... Ishikawa Natsuko
Yuriko Hoshi Yuriko Hoshi ... Ishikawa Yukiko
Reiko Dan Reiko Dan ... Kanamori Shizuko
Keiko Awaji Keiko Awaji ... Hashimoto Michiko
Mitsukô Kusabue Mitsukô Kusabue ... Ishikawa Umeko (as Mitsuko Kusabue)
Haruko Sugimura ... Aki, Ishikawa-ke no gosai
Akemi Kita Akemi Kita ... Yasuko, Matsuyo no musume
Yatsuko Tan'ami Yatsuko Tan'ami ... Ranko, Jiro no tsuma
Aiko Mimasu Aiko Mimasu ... Tamura Matsuyo
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... Rokkakuya Kou, Aki no senpu no ko
Tatsuya Mihashi ... Hashimoto Masaaki, Michiko no otto
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi ... Ishikawa Jiro, jinan
Yôsuke Natsuki Yôsuke Natsuki ... Aoyama Yutaka
Daisuke Katô ... Tamura Ryokichi, Matsuyo no otto


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9 November 1962 (USA) See more »

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The Wiser Age See more »

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2.35 : 1
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A somewhat lighter touch for Naruse, but still somewhat dark
9 February 2019 | by pscamp01See all my reviews

A Woman's Place is about a large family: an elderly couple who run a small market and their six adult children, all of whom except for one are women. The parents look on in bemused consternation as their offspring stumble through life. Three of the children are unmarried and are looking to change that with varying degrees of enthusiasm. The three oldest offspring are married but the stresses of employment and philandering don't make for the strongest case for matrimony. And then there is Yoshiko (played by Hideko Takamine) who was married to a son who has died before the movie begins. The parents treat her like another daughter while many of the other family members take her for granted and treat her almost like a servant. Add to this a number of other in-laws, grandchildren and other relatives and you have a pretty large cast of characters to keep track of.

The movie is fairly plotless, as most of the movie is taken up with just keeping track of the characters as they go about their lives. The tone is lighter than most of the other Naruse movies I have seen but it doesn't stay that way as an element of sadness takes hold by the end. Overall, this almost feels more like an Ozu movie than a Naruse one, but that is not a complaint. It is a melding of the best of both directors.

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