The Lady of Musashino (Musashino Fujin)
Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi. 1951, 88 mins. 35mm print from the National Film Center (Tokyo). With Kinuyo Tanaka, Masayuki Mori, Yukiko Todoroki. One of the lesser-known contemporary collaborations between Mizoguchi and his invaluable collaborator Kinuyo Tanaka, The Lady of Musashino stars Tanaka as Michiko, the unhappily married daughter of an old samurai family. After a prologue set during the war years, Michiko struggles against the changing times and her own heart, as a swelling Tokyo encroaches on her family seat, and the ardency of her cousin threatens the traditional, bedrock moral values that she alone seems to hold dear.
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