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The Romance Express
Kigeki Emmusubi ryoko
Release Date : January, 31st, 1970
Running Time : 93 min
Genre : Feature
Color : -
Screening Format : -
[ Directed by ] SEGAWA Masaharu
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[ Story ]
Genta Akagaki (Frankie Sakai) works as agent at the Ako City railway station, cared for by Tamako (Chiho Yuki), his younger sister, and Keizo (Kon Omura), her husband. But they can't openly enjoy their married life in front of Genta and want him to marry as soon as possible.
Kaoru (Hitomi Nozoe), daughter of a noodle shop, is in love with Genta. But he neglects her, because he is secretly in love with Michiyo (Katsuko Kanai), stationmaster Inoue's daughter, an employee of a post office operated by Kazue Fuwa (Chocho Miyako), an old spinster.
Genta establishes the Ako Travel Club and Yasukichi Horibe (fish dealer), Dr. Kayano (obstetrician), Oishi (hotel employee), Takebayashi (owner of a public bath house), etc., join.
Genta secretly hands his love poem to Michiyo, but one day he drops a piece of paper with a love poem in the noodle shop and Kaoru picks it and thinks it is for her.
Genta takes Michiyo on a trip to Kurashiki through the Inland Sea, confesses his love and proposes to her.
Keizo and Tamako visit the stationmaster and ask him to arrange the marriage of Genta and Kaoru, showing Genta's love poem.
The next day Genta is coldly treated by Michiyo, becomes desperate and gets drunk with Kira (Junzaburo Ban), a middle-aged usurer.
On the last day of the year, the Travel Club starts on a trip to Izumo Shrine. While Genta is dreaming of Michiyo in his hotel room, Kaoru in neglige enters and asks to sleep with him. Genta, thinking she is a figure in his dream, lets her stay overnight.
Next morning, Genta and Kaoru are found asleep in the same bed.
They are married in the Shrine hall with the stationmaster and postmistress as the go-bet-weens. Genta feels sad, but the bride appears very happy.
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1970 13.2】
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