Anna Kendrick —star of the new HBO Max series, " Love Life "—knew she had to embrace all the cringeworthy honesty of her character's romantic struggles. Watch the video. Adapted from a famous short story in Japan, The Izu Dancer is the story of a male teenager on vacation in the Izu peninsula who encounters a thirteen-year-old girl who is part of a Ah-Ching and his friends have just finished school in their island fishing village, and now spend most of their time drinking and fighting. Three of them decide to go to the port city of
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Anna Kendrick —star of the new HBO Max series, " Love Life "—knew she had to embrace all the cringeworthy honesty of her character's romantic struggles. Watch the video. Adapted from a famous short story in Japan, The Izu Dancer is the story of a male teenager on vacation in the Izu peninsula who encounters a thirteen-year-old girl who is part of a Ah-Ching and his friends have just finished school in their island fishing village, and now spend most of their time drinking and fighting.
Three of them decide to go to the port city of An anthology film consist of 7 short stories directed by several different directors, which are based on 7 moments since the founding of People's Republic of China. One snowy day, a girl looking for a place to stay jumps into the private residence of an old woman.
First they both dislike one another, though as they spend more time together their A father, a retiring mailman, walks his son over his job in the mountainous regions of Hunan province. A gangster on the run sacrifices everything for his family and a woman he meets while on the lam. A maid arrives from the countryside to work for an upper middle class family. She fits in well, but everyone's emotions are stirred up with the arrival of a student.
In this adaptation from Kawabata, a young student becomes friends with a brother and sister in a troupe of travelling entertainers, who perform at a geisha house in mining country. Lonely youth Shinji meets Hatsue, a pretty pearl diver, on the beach and the two fall in love. But Shinji has a rival for Hatsue's affections, Yasuo.
Yasuo spreads unpleasant gossip about The story is 21 pages long, at least in the version translated into English by Edward Seidensticker and published by Tuttle Publishing. It describes an encounter between a male student traveling through the Izu Peninsula of Japan during the final days of his vacation and a family of wandering entertainers. One of the family is a dancing girl of 13 and she and the boy, instantly drawn to each other, seek ways to make the most of the few days their paths cross.
It's all quite innocent and the girl's guardian the mother-in-law of the girl's brother seems somewhat indulgent at first, but turns less so by the end of the trip. Written in the first person by the student, the story comes off as a wistful reminiscence of a youthful travel made pleasant by the attention received from a rare beauty. The story has been filmed many times and I've seen four versions of it, three of them live-action.
The best is arguably an animated half-hour made in as part of the "Animated Classics of Japanese Literature" TV series also reviewed on this site. It has nothing to do with the film version of the story. I watched this version on a DVD that was in Japanese with no subtitles. Since I'd read the story and seen the subtitled animated version, it wasn't that hard to follow. I had also just seen the film starring Sayuri Yoshinaga also reviewed on this site , which was made by the same filmmaker and on which this version was closely modeled, complete with long dialogue scenes and subplots designed to pad out the story to feature-film length.
The big difference here is in the performance of the leading female role, that of the Izu dancer. Here she's played by singing star Momoe Yamaguchi not long after her emergence as the reigning pop queen in Japan in the s.
Yamaguchi adds a sadder, darker quality to her portrayal of Kaoru, the dancing girl. She has a bigger smile, a more ready laugh and more expressive emotions than Ms. Yoshinaga, but she suffers disappointment more visibly and is much more melancholic overall.
Yoshinaga seemed almost ethereal at times, while Yamaguchi has a much earthier quality. The cinematography and set design in this film are not as pretty as they were in the version. There was a sunny, airy quality to the look and feel of that film and a more optimistic tone.
Here, in the s manner, things are darker and grittier, and the colors are not as bright. The human behavior is no better. While each of the filmed versions I've seen features some harassment of the dancing girl by drunken patrons, something not even hinted at in the story, the character suffers a lot more groping by older men here than in any other version I've seen. Even though it reflects the sad reality of the abuse traveling performers, particularly young girls, would have been subjected to, it's somewhat disconcerting, especially when one considers that Ms.
Yamaguchi was 15 at the time of the shoot. The ending is unusually bleak. There's a title song performed by the star over the opening credits, which is then reprised about an hour into the film during a sequence showing the group's travels. There are a few scenes showing the family performing.
This was Ms. Yamaguchi's first film. She plays up the adolescent angst that's only hinted at in the short story, resulting in a deeply affecting performance. There's a scene where she's anxiously awaiting the student's arrival at the inn where she's staying and she crafts origami birds while she's waiting. The origami was used in the version but is not in the original story.
The unique touch here is that her eagerness compels her to toss one of the birds from the window to fall at the feet of the first guy in a student uniform to walk by, only to be embarrassed when she realizes it's the wrong student.
It's a wordless sequence, with the emotions played out entirely on her face. The dancer seems much more attached to the boy here than even the character in the original story. The actor who plays the student, Tomokazu Miura, would be Ms.
Yamaguchi's frequent co-star in movies and television in the subsequent six years and the two would eventually marry, prompting Yamaguchi's retirement from show biz in at the ripe age of 21!
Yamaguchi was the dominant recording star in Japan from to She had an ability, far beyond her years, to summon up ancient emotions, to evoke a timeless quality that transcends the whole notion of "pop. I've never seen or heard anyone else like her. Yamaguchi and Mr. Miura and based on a novel by Yukio Mishima, plus a poster gallery of 14 films, presumably all starring the two performers.
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In the movie, where she is played by Kinuyo Tanaka, she is still young and naive and spontaneous, but she is clearly of sexual and marriageable age. In fact, the new plot line depends on her sexual availability. She and her brother have been forced to take to the road because the family has lost its gold mine through some kind of financial shenanigans by the new owner. In a complication that is still not entirely clear to me, the brother decides to sell his sister to the rich man, presumably to replace his runaway mistress for some inexplicable reason translated in the subtitles as his geisha. Aside from the unnecessarily complicated story line, the movie has some other peculiarities. The version available is a silent, but there are credits given for songs.
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The boy follows the dancer and her companions through the Amagi Tunnel until they reach Yugano Spa. It was at Fukudaya, in a modest, second-floor tatami room overlooking the Kawazu river, that the author wrote his story, and his affection for the place was such that he often returned over the years to work on other projects. Even the old, square-shaped kaya Japanese nutmeg bathtub that Kawabata soaked in is still there, carefully drained and brushed each night as it has been ever since the dawn of the Meiji Era in Other writers, such as the late Osamu Dazai, as well as contemporary writers like Tomomi Muramatsu, have also stayed at the inn.