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Chikamatsu's Love in Osaka (1959)

Naniwa no koi no monogatari (original title)
A wealthy man falls in love with a prostitute.


Tomu Uchida
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kinnosuke Nakamura Kinnosuke Nakamura ... Chubei Kameya
Ineko Arima ... Umegawa
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Myokan
Keiko Yukishiro Keiko Yukishiro
Hiromi Hanazono Hiromi Hanazono ... Otoku
Chie Ueki Chie Ueki ... Otama
Sumiko Hidaka Sumiko Hidaka
Chieko Naniwa ... Oen
Kodayû Ichikawa Kodayû Ichikawa
Ryôsuke Kagawa
Koji Arima Koji Arima
Yoshiko Nakamura Yoshiko Nakamura ... Okiyo
Yoshiko Yashioji Yoshiko Yashioji
Minoru Shiraki Minoru Shiraki
Tokinosuke Nakamura Tokinosuke Nakamura




The son of an Osaka merchant is goaded and pulled into the city's red light district where, at first, against his better judgment he is introduced to and spends time with a prostitute. His love is returned after he falls for the woman, but a wealthy suitor appears soon enough to buy her contract from the brothel and make her his. The young man is beside himself. Written by aghaemi

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Their Own World
3 November 2017 | by manfromplanetxSee all my reviews

Naniwa no koi no monogatari , Chikamatsu's Love in Osaka AKA Their Own World. (1959). Directed by Tomu Uchida

Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653 –1725) among the greatest of Japanese dramatists.  His most famous plays deal with the tragedy of honour bound passionate lovers. This excellent inventive film is based on a play, written in 1711,  "The Courier for Hell" which tells a tale of actual events that took place in Osaka in 1710.

Chubei is a naïve young man, the adopted son of a respected Osakan courier. Reluctantly he is lead astray one evening into the red light district by Hachi, a business associate. After much protest Chubei spends the night and fatefully falls in love with a beautiful and kindly prostitute Umegawa. Their love and affection is mutually shared, but when a rich merchant wants to buy out Umegawa's contract and marry her, Chubei becomes desperate resorting to uncharacteristic measures to thwart the merchants plans ...

In an inspired creative touch director Uchida places Chikamatsu  as  a  character in the midst of the evolving romantic drama, he is played brilliantly by Chiezô Kataoka.  Chikamatsu has a continuous presence in the background, eavesdropping on conversations with pen in hand, his ears and eyes are wide open. The inspiration for his new play begins when, he overhears Hachi and Chubei planning to go to the pleasure quarters... Stylish cinematography  highlights the sumptuous period detail, interwoven throughout traditional theatrical elements which provide a rich cultural context. Outstanding  performances are a feature, an engrossing drama of exceptional quality.  Highly Recommended.

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13 September 1959 (Japan) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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