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A Chaos of Flowers (1988)

Hana no ran (original title)
Poet Akiko Yosano is a poor woman with many children, she composes while doing the housework. Her passion flows towards Takeo Arishima, a noted novelist.

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Kinji Fukasaku
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sayuri Yoshinaga Sayuri Yoshinaga ... Akiko Yosano
Keiko Matsuzaka Keiko Matsuzaka ... Sumako Matsui
Ken Ogata Ken Ogata ... Kan Yosano
Kimiko Ikegami ... Akiko Hatano
Morio Kazama Morio Kazama ... Sakae Osugi
Eri Ishida Eri Ishida ... Noe Ito
Yûsaku Matsuda ... Takeo Arishima
Yoshiko Nakada Yoshiko Nakada ... Tomiko Yamakawa
Mineko Nishikawa Mineko Nishikawa ... Takino Hayashi
Mikio Narita Mikio Narita ... Harufusa Hatano
Keizô Kanie Keizô Kanie ... Hogetsu Shimamura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renji Ishibashi ... Shojiro Sawada
Takashi Naitô Takashi Naitô ... Kyutaro Wada
Eri Saito Eri Saito ... Natsuko Fukao
Miki Sanjô Miki Sanjô ... Arishima's mother
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Poet Akiko Yosano is a poor woman with many children, she composes while doing the housework. Her passion flows towards Takeo Arishima, a noted novelist.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 October 1988 (Japan) See more »

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A Chaos of Flowers See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toei Company, Toei Kyoto See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Flowered Love, Passionate Words
7 January 2008 | by tedgSee all my reviews

This is a strange mix. The overall scope is that of your typical British miniseries based on a pulp novel. You know the kind that borders on romance fiction but focuses on the travails of a woman. The style of the photography and especially the score is derived from that cheap romanticism.

But the story. Its probably as cheap and trite to a Japanese viewer, but it engaged me in spite of the hammy performances. Its about writing, and love and revolution, but always writing first.

Our central character is a writer, a rather lovely woman whose poetry we hear a bit. Its even more lovely. But writing is about controlled tightening and in most of us that means love. This woman doesn't seek love, but it does come. And it does work. And it is dangerously passionate and produces danger in those she knows.

Meanwhile, there are authorities and nature, both of which conspire against each other and written passion. The ending, I'm afraid is far weaker than the rest of it, with the very best part in the third of four acts.

Its pretentious and overblown, but the story resonated with me.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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