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A Woman's Life (1963)

Onna no rekishi (original title)
| Drama | June 1964 (USA)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hideko Takamine ... Nobuko Shimizu
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... Koichi Shimizu
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Kohei
Yuriko Hoshi Yuriko Hoshi ... Midori Tominaga
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Akimoto
Keiko Awaji Keiko Awaji ... Miss Misawa
Mitsukô Kusabue Mitsukô Kusabue ... Miss Kinoshita (as Mitsuko Kusabue)
Daisuke Katô Daisuke Katô
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroshi Akitsu Hiroshi Akitsu
Shizuko Azuma Shizuko Azuma
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Kenkichi Masuda
Kan Hayashi Kan Hayashi
Toshiko Higuchi Toshiko Higuchi
Horigome Hiroyuki Horigome Hiroyuki
Hisaya Itô Hisaya Itô
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Country:

Japan

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Japanese

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June 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Woman's Story See more »

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Toho Company See more »
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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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Not One of Naruse's Better Movies
12 August 2012 | by pscamp01See all my reviews

A Woman's Life contains a lot of elements from Naruse's films (Hideko Takamine trying to run a business on her own, sponging relatives, unreliable men, a lovesick Tatsuya Nakadai watching from afar) but this time the elements fail to gel into a satisfying whole. Part of the problem is the structure of the movie. There are frequent flashbacks that relate the history of Takamine's marriage and the raising of her son. The flashbacks tend to be more interesting than the main story. The parts of the flashbacks that deal with Takamine's struggles during World War II and the immediate post war years are particularly engaging. The other problem is that this movie has one of the worst musical soundtracks I have ever heard. The plots of Naruse's movies always hover on the precipice of melodrama, but the music here pushes the movie right over the edge. Some scenes have this cheesy organ music that sounds like it was lifted from a radio soap opera. The movie does have its good features. Hideko Takamine is fine to watch as always and the actress who plays her mother-in-law is very amusing. But overall I would say that this is a movie only for the most die-hard of Naruse, Takamine and Nakadai fans. Everyone else would likely be bored by it.


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