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Arakure (Untamed Woman) (1957)





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Originally titled Arakure, Untamed Woman was the sole 1957 entry for prolific Japanese director Mikio Naruse. Like many of Naruse's previous films, this one deals with an unhappy woman's desperate search for domestic bliss. In the course of the film's 121 minutes, the heroine (a) marries, gives birth to a stillborn child, and divorces; (b) falls in love with a hotel-keeper, only to find herself subordinated to his drive for success; and (c) takes up with a tailor who cannot console himself with her strong personality. That Naruse is able to make the audience empathize with a basically unlikable woman and the equally distasteful men in her life is a testament to the director's superior talent. Untamed Woman was one of two Naruse films to earn a U.S. release in the 1950s: the other was Mother (1952). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Oooo snap! Easily the funniest Naruse I've seen so far and one of the strangest ones as well in that its main heroine is the feistiest and independent of all Naruse heroines. While she does face numerous hardships the other ones endure, she doesn't let others push her around. She beats them up instead. The men are pretty much a collection of familiar male archetypes from other Naruse films from The Sound of the Mountain to When a Woman Ascends the Stairs. The no-nonsense way which she deals of her incompetent husbands is as if Naruse took a page out of Samuel Fuller. It was quite surreal.

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