Tragedy of Japan (1979)




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Having lost her husband in the war, Haruko Inoue (wonderfully played by Yuko Mochizuki) struggles to raise her children. Making innumerable sacrifices for them, including prostituting herself, Haruko decides to send them to live with her brother in Tokyo. Her daughter becomes compromised in a flirtation with a teacher and Haruko rushes to the city. Once in Tokyo, she realizes her children could not love her less and have no respect for her and her sacrifices. Entirely destroyed by this shattering of her illusions, she throws herself in front of a train. ~ Brian Whitener, Rovi


Keiko Awaji
as Wakamaru a geisha
Yôko Katsuragi
as Haruko's daughter
Yûko Mochizuki
as Haruko Inoue
Keiji Sada
as Tatsuya street musician
Ken Uehara
as Masayuki Akazawa the English teacher

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A brilliant but bleak tragic family drama by prolific master Japanese filmmaker Keisuke Kinoshita.

Apr 15, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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