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Bamboo Doll of Echizen (1963)

Echizen take-ningyô (original title)
Haunting melodrama focuses on a young bamboo worker who takes his father's prostitute as his wife.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ayako Wakao ... Tamae
Junichiro Yamashita Junichiro Yamashita ... Kisuke
Tamao Nakamura Tamao Nakamura ... Omitsu
Ganjirô Nakamura ... Boatman
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Chubei
Jun Hamamura Jun Hamamura ... Doctor
Saburô Date ... Chôshichi
Taiji Tonoyama ... Monk
Yûsaku Terashima
San'emon Arashi San'emon Arashi ... Koishima
Ichirô Amano Ichirô Amano
Sumao Ishihara Sumao Ishihara
Fumiko Murata Fumiko Murata
Kôichi Mizuhara Kôichi Mizuhara
Takatsugu Fukui Takatsugu Fukui


Haunting melodrama focuses on a young bamboo worker who takes his father's prostitute as his wife.

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Release Date:

5 October 1963 (Japan) See more »

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Bamboo Doll of Echizen See more »

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Daiei Studios See more »
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2.35 : 1
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A Confused Young Man in Love
20 April 2019 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

Having recently lost his father, a young man by the name of "Kisuke" (Junichiro Yamashita) continues to work in the same trade involving making objects out of bamboo. To his surprise, not long after commencing his work he gets an attractive female visitor named "Tamae" (Ayako Wakao) who comes to pay her respects. Naturally, being the polite young man that he is he takes her to his father's grave after which she continues back to her home located in another village. Intrigued and wanting to see her again, Kisuke decides to visit her a little while later and discovers that she is a prostitute who apparently had sexual relations with her father after Kisuke's mother had passed away. It's then that he decides to purchase her contract and take her as his wife. However, after taking her back to his small village they both discover that things aren't nearly as simple as they thought. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was an interesting film which definitely follows the Japanese style of drama quite well. On that note, while I liked the acting of both Junichiro Yamashita and Ayako Wakao, I didn't especially care for the manner in which the plot unfolded and for that reason I have rated it accordingly. Slightly above average.

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