Tsuma yo bara no yô ni

1935 [JAPANESE]

Drama

3
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 384

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Reviewed by gutenkatzen 8 / 10

A Thumbnail Portrait reveals a Masterpiece

A young middle-class woman sets out to a remote mountain village in Nagano to bring her estranged father back to Tokyo where his presence is needed to fulfill some pressing social obligations - chief among them a meeting between her parents and the father of her intended bridegroom. Her own father, though, would rather stay with his common law wife - a former geisha - and their two children despite their relative poverty and "disgraceful" circumstances. Father is happy prospecting for non-existent gold in the rivers of his adopted rural home, while his selfless and devoted 'wife' ekes out a living as a hairdresser.

Back in Tokyo, Etsuko, the abandoned wife and Kimiko's self-absorbed and pretentious mother publishes mournful haiku for her long lost husband and patiently waits for his return. Will Father return to his "rightful" place with his "legitimate" family or will he forsake them for his mistress and their two children? Naruse Mikio's comic and heart stirring melodrama 'Wife! Be Like a Rose' offers a surprising and refreshing take on familiar Japanese themes on 'self-sacrifice' and filial devotion.

Reviewed by ahoffer 8 / 10

Two Loves, a Child and a Parent

This is a tender love story taking place about the time when the Japanese war machine was raping Nanking (Nanjing), enslaving Korean women, attacking the Philippines, and preparing to bomb Australia and America. These contrasts are startling as is the contrast that is in the lesson of the film. Naruse-san teaches us once again that the truth about a person resides not in the words and inferences spoken, rather in direct observation and understanding. Here we have a young women approaching the age of independence being raised by her mother who continually painted the absent father as an unfaithful woman chaser living with a woman of ill repute. The daughter wants to actually meet her father and she wonders why he left her and her mother. She trains to the remote village where the father lives with the infamous lady.

The actual meeting, first when the father and daughter view each other from a distance is the perfect technique Naruse-san used in other films, to the actual polite, respectful way the Japanese greet each other, is quite emotional and the viewer senses the love each has for the other, bridging the years of separation.

The daughter is quite surprised to learn that the so-called infamous woman is simply a very plain and loving farm lady with no special beauty nor male allure. She quite simply loves the man she lives with; she is a marvelous rose, something the man's wife was not.

As far as I know, the film is not available on DVD. I wish it were.

Reviewed by Red-125 10 / 10

Excellent film from pre-WWII Japan, but unavailable on DVD

The Japanese film "Tsuma yo bara no yô ni" was shown in the United States with the title, "Wife! Be Like a Rose!" or "Kimoko" (1935). It was directed by Mikio Naruse.

This film was the first major film directed by Naruse, but it's clear that he had already mastered the art of cinema. Naruse's films are typically melodramas about middle-class or working-class people. His movies, like this one, are often tinged with sadness.

Sachiko Chiba plays Kimiko Yamamoto, a young office worker who has a modern outlook and dresses in western fashion. She lives with her mother, who is a talented poet. However, her mother is depressed, and most of the poems she writes are about her husband, who has left the family and moved to the countryside.

Kimiko travels to her father's village, in order to convince him to return home to his wife and to her. When she meets with her father, she learns that matters are not at all what they had seemed.

I wish I could write more about this very interesting plot, but the enjoyment of this film depends upon the unexpected events that occur during and after Kimiko's trip. I have no intention of spoiling the movie for those reading this review.

We saw this film at the Dryden Theatre, in an original 35mm print that is owned by The George Eastman Museum. It's hard to believe that this movie is apparently unavailable in the U.S. on DVD. In fact, I hesitated to review it, because what's the point of a review if no one can see the film? However, the movie was excellent, and possibly it will play in a Naruse retrospective in your location. If so, don't miss it!

Note: In 1937, two years after the film was made, Naruse married the star of the film--Sachiko Chiba. Sadly, life followed art, and they were divorced three years later.

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