Anzukko

In this powerful portrait of a marriage gone wrong, So Yamamura, already famous from appearances in films by Ozu and Mizoguchi, plays the kindly, concerned father of a “modern” young woman who rejects suitor after suitor, then falls for a young veteran-that is, until a childhood friend, a writer, intervenes so that he can instead become her husband. Once the couple has moved to Tokyo, the husband slowly reveals his darker nature. The father insists they move back home, not thinking that his own status as a renowned novelist will only aggravate his son-in-law's resentment. Yamamura's character reminds one of his understanding father-in-law in Sound of the Mountain, but Anzukko is altogether a darker film.

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