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The Temple of Wild Geese (1962)

Gan no tera (original title)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ayako Wakao ... Satoko Kirihara
Masao Mishima Masao Mishima ... Jikai Kitami
Isao Kimura Isao Kimura ... Atsumichi Uda
Kuniichi Takami Kuniichi Takami ... Jinen Horinouchi / Sutekichi
Ganjirô Nakamura ... Nangaku Kishimoto
Kyû Sazanka ... Sesshû Fujimoto
Mineko Yorozuyo Mineko Yorozuyo ... Tatsu Kirihara
Yoshiko Kamo Yoshiko Kamo ... Masumi Fujimoto
Shôichi Ozawa Shôichi Ozawa ... Kuniitsu Takami
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Mokudô Kida
Shinobu Araki Shinobu Araki ... Dokuseki Sugimoto
Kôichi Katsuragi Kôichi Katsuragi ... Takemine Matsuyama
Ryônosuke Azuma Ryônosuke Azuma ... Shôan Kawaguchi
Yûsaku Terashima ... Izaburô Asano
Kin Sugai Kin Sugai ... Kan Horinouchi


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Release Date:

21 January 1962 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Temple of the Wild Geese See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyoto, Japan

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Daiei Studios See more »
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2.35 : 1
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25 June 2017 | by manfromplanetxSee all my reviews

Director Yûzô Kawashima excelled in portraying the psychological tensions underlying our human relationships. This dark melodramatic tale sees two young people misused in different ways, both are internally tormented, both are bound by the social traditions of the times. Enchanting Ayako Wakao (Satoko) is a mistress by trade, her fate. When her former master, the silkscreen artist of the Kohoan Temple in Kyoto, dies, she is passed on to the temple's lecherous head priest Kikuchi. She feels empathy for the harshly treated melancholy young novice monk Jinen, who resides there also. Jinen has observed the profligacy of his cruel master and Satoko's absolute dependence on this man. He is both fascinated and disturbed by the interest Satoko takes in him. Jinen is confronted by his loathing of his master, the dark circumstances of his birth and his own moral weakness... Based on an autobiographical novel by Tsutomu Mizukami Gan no tera (Temple of the Geese) which won the Naoki Prize in 1961

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