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.
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.
"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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
Sachiko Chiba leaves her village to look for a job in Tokyo. Her parents warn her the big city is full of evil people. She expects to stay with Ranko Akagi, her friend from the village, who has a job in Tokyo. However, it turns out that Miss Akagi's job is as a bar hostess, a dead-end position. Miss Chiba is a bit terrified by all the strangers, but she gamely sets out, only to run into Heihachirô Ôkawa, a salaryman who drinks at the bar. Miss Chiba decides to work at the bar until something better turns up, and Mr. Ôkawa shows up almost every night. She fantasizes a bit about their getting married.
Mikio Naruse's film about the girl from the small town in the big city is a pleasant trifle, but Miss Chiba is a real beauty. Naruse directed her in half a dozen movies in 1935 and 1936. Most of her directors treated her well, but Naruse berated her for her poor acting, driving her to tears on one shoot. So of course, they got married in 1937. The marriage lasted only three years.
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