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The Life of Chikuzan (1977)

Chikuzan hitori tabi (original title)
After over 50 years of wandering up and down Japan, finally in the 1970s the rough-hewn blind shamisien player and folk-song collector named Chikuzan became a musical sensation. This ... See full summary »

Director:

Kaneto Shindô

Writer:

Kaneto Shindô
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ryûzô Hayashi Ryûzô Hayashi ... Chikuzan Takahashi
Nobuko Otowa ... Toyo, Mother
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... Chikuzan's 2nd wife
Dai Kanai Dai Kanai ... Sadakichi, Father
Chikuzan Takahashi Chikuzan Takahashi ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moeko Ezawa Moeko Ezawa ... Seller
Kotoe Hatsui Kotoe Hatsui ... Farmer
Hiroko Isayama Hiroko Isayama ... Tomiko
Hideo Kanze Hideo Kanze ... Tokura
Atsuko Kawaguchi Atsuko Kawaguchi ... Otoki
Takuzô Kawatani Takuzô Kawatani ... Senta
Hôsei Komatsu Hôsei Komatsu ... Goto
Akemi Negishi ... Tami
Junkichi Orimoto Junkichi Orimoto ... Owner
Sumie Sasaki Sumie Sasaki ... Maid
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After over 50 years of wandering up and down Japan, finally in the 1970s the rough-hewn blind shamisien player and folk-song collector named Chikuzan became a musical sensation. This biographical drama chronicles his wanderings and his life, with a particular focus on his humble beginnings as a peasant on a remote and arid island. Written by Clarke Fountain, Rovi

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 March 1977 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Aus dem Leben Chikuzans See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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A good biopic
26 August 2012 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A musical biopic of the blind shamisen (a Japanese string instrument) player Chikuzan Takahashi. Narratively, it's pretty standard - one might call it the Japanese Ray and not be too far off. But it's well acted and well shot, with a lot of interesting settings and period detail (the setting is early 20th Century rural Japan, up to WWII). Ryuzo Hayashi stars as Chikuzan. Kaneto Shindo's wife and frequent star Nobuko Otowa co-stars as Chikuzan's mother. Well worth checking out if you can find it. This was nominated for the Japanese Academy award for Best Picture in the first year of its existence, but lost to Yoji Yamada's The Yellow Handkerchief.


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