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Summer Clouds (1958)

Iwashigumo (original title)
A war widow with a young boy manages a farm with her bossy mother-in-law. When a reporter comes to interview her, the two begin an affair. He turns out to be married and won't leave his ... See full synopsis »

Director:

Mikio Naruse

Writers:

Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay), Tsutou Wada (author)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chikage Awashima Chikage Awashima ... Yae
Michiyo Aratama
Kumi Mizuno ... Hamako
Yôko Tsukasa ... Michiko
Isao Kimura Isao Kimura ... Okawa
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi ... Hatsuji
Daisuke Katô Daisuke Katô
Ganjirô Nakamura Ganjirô Nakamura ... Wasuke
Haruko Sugimura ... Mother
Nijiko Kiyokawa Nijiko Kiyokawa
Chôko Iida ... Hidee
Kunio Ôtsuka Kunio Ôtsuka
Hiroshi Tachikawa Hiroshi Tachikawa ... Shinji (as Yôichi Tachikawa)
Teruko Nagaoka Teruko Nagaoka
Natsuko Kahara ... Yasue
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Storyline

A war widow with a young boy manages a farm with her bossy mother-in-law. When a reporter comes to interview her, the two begin an affair. He turns out to be married and won't leave his wife. Her older brother tries to marry off his children and hang on to/ extend his farm through an advantageous marriage in the face of threatened land confiscation and the desire of his children to get comfortable urban jobs instead of the backbreaking work in the paddy fields under parental control.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2 September 1958 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Herringbone Clouds See more »

Filming Locations:

Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The Archers in Asia
11 July 2007 | by simon-1303See all my reviews

Most Naruse films seem to be about geisha's or ex-geisha's. This however is a tale of everyday farming folk, as in the long running UK radio soap, The Archers. Much of the long 128 minutes is spent demonstrating paddy field farming techniques. However, there is a fair bit of family drama around marriage, succession, land, kids leaving home, children disappointing parents and vice versa, the prevalent theme being the way industrialisation enables young people to escape from the unappealing nature of farming and the control exercised by their elders.

Some beautiful scenery, brought out by Naruse's filming/ editing and intermittently convincing characters go some way to compensate for a glacial pace and a somewhat over attention to details. However, drama is only present from time to time so some patience is required.


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