|The Tattered Wings|
Director: Keisuke Kinoshita
Cast: Hideko Takamine, Keiji Sada, Teiji Takahashi
Keizo, a salaryman who has been living in Tokyo, returns to his hometown for the first time in 5 years, to spend 10 days before being transferred to the farthest reaches of Japan.
Still in town are his family and old friends, including his first love, Fuyuko (played by the always great Hideko Takamine), who left him to marry a rich man because her family needed the money.
Once he discovers she is widowed after 3 years of an unhappy marriage, he decides to pursue her again. But is she as happy to see him? The story is a drama, but a very quiet one,
where a gesture or an expression on one's face speaks volumes. I liked the movie but my ignorance about two key features kept me from enjoying it more.
1955 BLK/WHT Fullscreen 99 Mins.
Japanese with Optional English Subtitles.