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The Lady Of Musashino [1951] [DVD]

Masayuki Mori , So Yamamura , Kenji Mizoguchi    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Masayuki Mori, So Yamamura, Yukiko Todoroki
  • Directors: Kenji Mizoguchi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001EYTCU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,858 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Set in post-war Japan, The Lady of Musashino tells the story of Michiko, a disillusioned young woman trapped in a loveless marriage. She confides in her younger cousin, Tsutomo, and the two become close, but decide not to consummate their affair. He instead becomes involved with the flirtatious Tomiko, who is also conducting an affair with Michiko's husband. When Michiko finds that her husband has abandoned her, she decides to take her fate into her own hands. Kinuyo Tanaka gives an impassioned performance in Kenji Mizoguchi's compelling and powerful drama.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Low-key but beautiful Mizoguchi 29 May 2007
By Sloper
Okay it doesn't have the spectacular, epic brilliance of this director's better known Jidai-Geki films, but this modest tale of self-sacrifice in post-war Japan is a masterpiece by anyone's standards, with a typically heart-breaking performance from Tanaka, and gorgeous cinematography. At this price, how can you resist?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Neglected Mizoguchi 6 July 2010
By Jezzi
The great Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi had been directing films in Japan since the 20's but only really became internationally famous with his run of period classics in the 50's, starting with 'The Life of Oharu' (1952) and including 'Ugetsu' (1953) and 'Sansho Dayu' (1954). Immediately preceding these he made 'The Lady of Musashino', featuring his regular leading lady Kinuyo Tanaka and Masayuki Mori, who went on to star in 'Ugetsu' and had just played the part of the murdered husband in Kurosawa's breakthrough movie, 'Rashomon'.

'The Lady of Musashino' is a melodrama of extra-marital affairs and temptations, set in the idyllic Musashino area of Post-War Tokyo. Excellent performances abound in this neglected minor-masterpiece. Recommended to all fans of Japanese cinema!
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