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Shûu (1956)

This wry chamber piece from director Mikio Naruse focuses on a couple whose pet peeves and minor irritations escalate into major rifts and animosity.

Director:

Mikio Naruse

Writers:

Kunio Kishida (original story), Yôko Mizuki (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Setsuko Hara ... Fumiko
Shûji Sano ... Ryôtarô
Kyôko Kagawa ... Ayako
Akemi Negishi ... Hinako
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi ... Nenkichi Imasato
Chieko Nakakita Chieko Nakakita ... Toki Kurobayashi
Haruko Tôgô Haruko Tôgô ... Rin Ameyama
Teruko Nagaoka Teruko Nagaoka ... Kindergarden's Owner
Daisuke Katô Daisuke Katô ... Kawakami
Hajime Izu Hajime Izu ... Miwa
Sachio Sakai Sachio Sakai ... Tada
Fuyuki Murakami Fuyuki Murakami ... Taneda
Seijirô Onda Seijirô Onda ... General Manager
Toki Shiozawa Toki Shiozawa ... Takako (as Toyoji Shiozawa)
Kiyomi Mizunoya Kiyomi Mizunoya ... Natsuko Oogushi
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This wry chamber piece from director Mikio Naruse focuses on a couple whose pet peeves and minor irritations escalate into major rifts and animosity.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 January 1956 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Pluie soudaine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Künstlerleben (Artist's Life), Op.316
(uncredited)
Composed by Johann Strauss
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A bleak, bitter and somewhat comedic look at marriage
28 November 2015 | by pscamp01See all my reviews

Sudden Rain is about a couple whose marriage has gone stale. Fumiko is depressed and anxious, while her husband Ryotaro has stomach problems (which he blames on her cooking) and would rather read the newspaper than talk to Fumiko. There is not much of a plot to the movie, just a series of circumstances that add to the stress of their marriage: a pretty new neighbor, the threat of a layoff and an increasingly hostile neighborhood that blames them for the antics of a stray dog. If this sounds depressing, it is. What keeps it from being a total slog are little touches of humor. Not a great movie, but still one worth watching.

Side note: I watched this movie because it was announced this week that Setsuko Hara, the star of this and many other classic Japanese movies, had died. She is best known (here in America anyway) for her world weary smile. That smile is very much in evidence in this movie, although it fades fast and is often replaced by brief glimpses of depression and fear. A great performance.


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