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With Beauty and Sorrow

Japan, Japanese, 106 mins

Original Title

Utsukushisa To Kanashimi To
  • Director: Masahiro Shinoda
  • Writer: Yasunari Kawabata; Nobuo Yamada
  • Producer: Takeshi Sasaki

CGiii Comment

Long before the events of the movie Ôki, who was approaching middle age, had a relation to 16-year-old Otoko. She got pregnant, but the child was stillborn. Their relation stopped at the same time. Much later Ôki had become a famous writer, not least because of a novel about this love story.

Otoko had become a famous painter. But she had never overcome the double early trauma and had become a Lesbian. Her favourite student and beloved one was the beautiful Keiko. 24 years after the early love Ôki goes from Tokyo to Kyoto to meet Otoko.

The meeting is polite with secret emotional shadows. Keiko makes a plan. She intends to seduce Ôki, become pregnant, bear Ôki's child and give it to Otoko. She hopes that Otoko may thereby get rid of her trauma. But she also wants to take her revenge on the man who had harmed her beloved. Secretly she gets acquainted with Ôki's son, invites him to Kyoto and seduces him. Then she calls his parents and tells that he had promised to marry her.


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With Beauty and Sorrow (Masahiro Shinoda, 1965) by compostelac

Cast & Characters

Kaoru Yachigusa as Otoko Ueno;
Mariko Kaga as Keiko Sakami;
So Yamamura as Toshio Oki;
Kei Yamamoto as Taichiro Oki;
Misako Watanabe as Fumiko Oki;
Haruko Sugimura as Otoko's mother;
Yoshiko Nakamura as Old woman in Arashiyama

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