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The Homely Sister (Namida gawa)


Dir. Kenji Misumi. 1967, 79 mins. 35mm. In Japanese with English subtitles. With Shiho Fujimura, Kiku Wakayagi. In this touching and perceptive drama set in the nineteenth-century Edo period, two sisters have sacrificed their personal happiness to care for their ailing father. Younger Otaka falls in love but can’t accept a marriage proposal because, traditionally, the older sister needs to marry first. When older sister Oshizu learns of this decision, she takes matters in her own hands.

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