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Bluestockings (2005)

Jiyû ren'ai (original title)
Based on a novel by Iwai Shimako, Jiyuu Renai (a.k.a. Bluestockings)is set during the days of Japan's male-dominated Taisho Era (1912-1926), when it was difficult for women to have both ... See full summary »

Director:

Masato Harada

Writers:

Masato Harada, Shimako Iwai (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kyoko Hasegawa ... Akiko
Yoshino Kimura Yoshino Kimura ... Kiyoko
Etsushi Toyokawa Etsushi Toyokawa ... Yuichiro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Chinnery ... Neighbor
Eugene Harada Eugene Harada
Shimako Iwai Shimako Iwai
Kyôko Kagawa
Jun Kunimura
Shion Machida Shion Machida ... Yoriko
Yasunari Takeshima ... Journalist
Orie Tôjô Orie Tôjô ... (as Orie Tojo)
Seisuke Yamazaki Seisuke Yamazaki
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Based on a novel by Iwai Shimako, Jiyuu Renai (a.k.a. Bluestockings)is set during the days of Japan's male-dominated Taisho Era (1912-1926), when it was difficult for women to have both love and a career. Yuichiro is the son of a wealthy merchant family, who's happily married to Akiko. When Akiko's friend Kiyoko gets divorced, Akiko decides to help her find a job in Yuichiro's company. Akiko even lends Kiyoko her kimono for the interview. But upon seeing Kiyoko, Yuichiro is immediately smitten. Written by Anon

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 January 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Bluestockings See more »

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WOWOW See more »
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Slow paced, but thoughtful. An interesting perspective with a solid cast
3 November 2015 | by bluemeansgoSee all my reviews

This movie was a treat to watch, but don't expect some lesson or moral or purpose to be spelled out for you. The characters are real, multi-dimensional, and the expressions on their faces convey a real depth and meaning.

Some may be disappointed how the movie wraps up, but a little understanding of the Japanese spirit and culture really helps in the enjoyment of this movie. A western person may feel perplexed when watching the actions of the characters and find it slightly more difficult to relate to the decisions they make in the film but many of the concepts and ideas are universal enough to be understood and appreciated by all.

This is a rare look into the birth of modern Japan, and how its suffrage movement was formed. The ending could have been more powerful, but the effect it has still resonates.


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