The Homely Sister (Namida gawa)

Part of Kenji Misumi
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 4:00 p.m.

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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