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Marital Relations 1955 Soap2Day

Marital Relations 1955 Soap2Day

Sep. 13, 1955121 Min.
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Watch: 夫婦善哉 1955 Soap2Day, Full Movie Online – Toyoda Shiro’s award-winner “Marital Relations” (Meoto zenzai, 1955) is one of the director’s many adaptations from literary works, this one from a novel by Oda Sakunosuke. The film was quite popular with critics, and received both a sequel and a remake in the 1960’s. I recently viewed another Oda adaptation “Firefly Light” (Hotarubi, 1958), by director Gosho Heinosuke. Based on these two films, I seem to have trouble tuning into the correct frequency of the Oda adaptations, as their intended tone continuously escapes me.”Marital relations” could be a nice starring vehicle for actress Awashima Chikage. The plot-line fits that purpose. Awashima plays Choko, a daughter of a working class family, who makes her living as a geisha in the Japan of 1932/1933. Choko has just hooked up with Ryukichi (Morishige Hisaya), the spoiled son of a rich family who leaves his sick wife and teenage daughter to be with her. Because the new love interest comes from an upper class, he is not a practical sort, and can’t really do any work. So Choko returns to her work as a geisha and supports her man, which becomes increasingly difficult when the man starts spending all of her hard-earned money…There is certain universality to a narrative, where a hooker with a heart of gold meets the prodigal son. There could be potential for both drama and comedy, but this never chooses one over the other. Comically, the scenario brought to mind Billy Wilder’s “Irma la Douce” (1963), but the overall dark atmosphere and desperation of the characters stops this from being funny. And for a drama this is really mismatched. Awashima is doing her best as Choko, but Morishige Hisaya seems to be from a different film entirely. Because of his hair-cut, he appeared almost like a “Tora-san from hell”, if Tora-san was a cold-hearted man who did not care for anybody but himself. There is no balance between the two, and the husband is such a piece of work, that the audience isn’t rooting for them to stay together. Since they aren’t married, they aren’t forced to do that either.I think there were lots of interesting themes that were under-analyzed, such as Choko’s troubles being a homewrecker, which are now and again mentioned, but get sidetracked whenever there is a more comedic scene. Interestingly, the film features a sequence of “amusing domestic violence”. It is amusing, because it’s the wife beating up the husband, that’s amusing, right?All in all, this film did not really work for me. There are many better ones dealing with similar themes, whether they be comedies or tragedies. The duration of two hours did not help the film either..
Movie Plot: The story of a couple, a spoiled son and a down-to-earth girl, in Osaka in the early Showa era. The film won the prestigious Blue Ribbon awards for best director, best actor (Morishige) and best actress (Awashima), and the Mainichi Concours award for best actor and best screenplay (Yasumi Toshio). It ranked second (after Naruse Mikio’s Ukigumo) on the Kinema Junpō top ten films for the year.

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Other Information:

Original Title 夫婦善哉
Release Date 1955-09-13
Release Year 1955

Original Language ja
Runtime N/A
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated N/A
Genre Drama
Director Shirô Toyoda
Writer Sakunosuke Oda, Toshio Yasumi
Actors Hisaya Morishige, Chikage Awashima, Yôko Tsukasa
Country Japan
Awards 5 wins
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Marital Relations 1955 Soap2Day
Original title 夫婦善哉
TMDb Rating 5.2 6 votes

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