Mikio Naruse's Films

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11. Flunky, Work Hard! (1931)

29 min | Short, Comedy

The story of a poor insurance salesman who struggles to provide for his wife and family.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Shizue Akiyama, Seiichi Katô, Tomoko Naniwa, Tokio Seki

Votes: 388

18. No Blood Relation (1932)

79 min | Drama

An actress returns to Tokyo after a successful stint in Hollywood to reclaim - with the help of her gangster brother - the daughter she abandoned years before.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Yoshiko Okada, Shin'yô Nara, Yukiko Tsukuba, Toshiko Kojima

Votes: 289

20. Apart from You (1933)

64 min | Drama

Two Geisha with a connection to a young man deal with life's hardships.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Akio Isono, Sumiko Mizukubo, Reikichi Kawamura

Votes: 436

21. Every-Night Dreams (1933)

64 min | Drama

A single mother works tirelessly as a Ginza bar hostess to ensure a better life for her young son until--her long-lost husband returns.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Sumiko Kurishima, Teruko Kojima, Jun Arai, Tatsuo Saitô

Votes: 422

23. Street Without End (1934)

89 min | Drama

Story of a waitress whose life, despite a host of male admirers and even some intrigued movie talent scouts, ends up taking a stiflingly domestic turn after a wealthy businessman accidentally hits her with his car.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Setsuko Shinobu, Akio Isono, Hikaru Yamanouchi, Nobuko Wakaba

Votes: 276

24. Saakasu goningumi (1935)

65 min | Drama

Five poor musicians make up the worst traveling brass band in Japan. For a few days they hook up with an awful circus whose male performers are on strike.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Masako Tsutsumi, Ryuko Umezono, Heihachirô Ôkawa, Hiroshi Uruki

Votes: 62

25. The Actress and the Poet (1935)

73 min | Comedy

Among the tight-knit neighbours are a poet, his actress wife, a bachelor budding author, a tobacco shop owner-cum-landlady, an insurance salesman and his nosy and greedy wife. Enter a young... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Sachiko Chiba, Kamatari Fujiwara, Hiroshi Uruki, Kinba Sanyûtei

Votes: 82

26. Otome-gokoro - Sannin-shimai (1935)

75 min | Drama

Three sisters earn money for their bossy mother by being samisen street musicians. This means mainly playing a banjo type instrument for tips in bars. A number of loosely linked episodes ... See full synopsis »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Chikako Hosokawa, Masako Tsutsumi, Ryuko Umezono, Chitose Hayashi

Votes: 183

27. Wife! Be Like a Rose! (1935)

74 min | Drama

A young woman reaches maturity and yearns to know about her father. Her mother has poisoned her mind about the man who left her for another woman. There is a tender moment when they see ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Sachiko Chiba, Yuriko Hanabusa, Toshiko Itô, Setsuko Horikoshi

Votes: 333

28. The Girl in the Rumour (1935)

54 min | Drama

The suitor rejects elder sister Kunie but likes Kimoko, the younger one. Their father and his mistress have separate shops. Kimiko suddenly learns that she is her mother. Business is bad. The police visit when business shortcuts are taken.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Sachiko Chiba, Kamatari Fujiwara, Toshiko Itô, Kô Mihashi

Votes: 101

30. The Road I Travel with You (1936)

69 min | Drama

"The Road I Travel With You" concerns two brothers of marriageable age and their mother, a former geisha who has been set up by an absent patron in a spacious country home in Kamakura. The ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Heihachirô Ôkawa, Hideo Saeki, Naoyo Yamagata, Masako Tsutsumi

Votes: 69

35. Nadare (1937)

59 min | Drama

Avalanche is a study of a one-year marriage that begins to crumble. A married man is torn between the love of his wife, and the attraction to a cousin of his wife.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideo Saeki, Ranko Edogawa, Noboru Kiritachi, Yô Shiomi

Votes: 166

36. Tsuruhachi and Tsurujiro (1938)

88 min | Drama

Mr. Tsurujiro is a Japanese folk singer assisted by Ms. Tsuruhachi on the shamisen. The pair is popular, but he nitpicks often on her music and so they split. She marries a benefactor, but after a joint show, feels music is above marriage.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Isuzu Yamada, Kamatari Fujiwara, Heihachirô Ôkawa

Votes: 128

37. The Whole Family Works (1939)

65 min | Drama

Father of nine children cannot find a job. Despite their aspirations, the children are encouraged by both parents to hold down menial jobs and contribute to the family expenses. Eventually ... See full synopsis »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Musei Tokugawa, Noriko Honma, Akira Ubukata, Kaoru Itô

Votes: 125

38. Sincerity (1939)

67 min | Drama

Two young girls, Nobiko and Tomiko, go to the same school. The less fortunate girl Nobiko is one of the top students, while the rich girl Tomiko is not. At one time Tomiko's father was quite fond of Nobuko's mother.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Takako Irie, Minoru Takada, Etchan, Sachiko Murase

Votes: 76

39. Travelling Actors (1940)

70 min | Comedy

Story about a group of actors mostly based on the guys playing the horse.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Kamatari Fujiwara, Kan Yanagiya, Minoru Takase, Sôji Kiyokawa

Votes: 151

42. Hideko, the Bus Conductor (1941)

54 min | Drama

Okoma, a young lady working as a conductor with a bus company in Kofu Yamanashi, has an idea for her bus that could avert the dwindling number of passengers.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Kamatari Fujiwara, Daijirô Natsukawa, Tamae Kiyokawa

Votes: 242

44. The Song Lantern (1943)

93 min | Drama

The head of an acclaimed Noh (traditional, stylised Japanese drama form) troupe has a son whom he wants to inherit the troupe/ school. Touring in the provinces, the son seeks out a famed ... See full synopsis »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Shôtarô Hanayagi, Eijirô Yanagi, Ichijirô Oya, Kan Ishii

Votes: 114