The Fractured Bamboo Doll
- Release Date
- October, 5th, 1963
- Running Time
- 102 min
- Screening Format
- -,HDCAM SR
- Screen Size
- Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
[ Directed by ]
[ Cast ]
[ Staff ]
- KASAHARA Ryozo ── Screenplay
- MIYAGAWA Kazuo ── Cinematography
- NISHIOKA Yoshinobu ── Production Design
[ Production Company ]
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
[ Story ]
Takegami is a small village in Echizen, Central Japan, is a humble place but noted far and wide for its exquisite bamboo products.
Here a young woman comes one day in the snow to call on Kisuke, a young bamboo craftsman, whose father has just passed away.
Tamae, the unexpected guest, tells Kisuke that she had been indebted to his father and would like to pay her respects to him, so Kisuke takes her to his grave. From that day, her image, lingers in Kisuke's mind, and he finds him- self wondering more and more about her.
One day, he calls on Tamae and is surprised to find her a woman of the gay quarters. Shown to her room, Kisuke sees a delicate doll his father made especially for her and, struck by its perfection, he makes up his mind to make dolls just as beautiful.
Kisuke raises enough money to redeem Tamae and offers to share his home with her and the grateful Tamae takes his offer as a proposal.
The simple country wedding touches Tamae deeply and she is anxious to make Kisuke a good wife but, for some reason, he gives her the room his mother had once used and sleeps in another.
Tamae patiently tries to persuade him to consummate their marriage. She does not know that, as much as Kisuke loves her, the memory of his father stands between them.
As time passes, Tamae, in a moment of weakness, gives in to a former guest when Kisuke is away on business and not long after is shocked to discover that she is carrying his child.
Kisuke, unable to bear calmly Tamae's continual presence in the house, visits the gay quarters where Omitsu, Tamae's best friend, tells him that his father had only loved Tamae like a daughter.
Kisuke is overwhelmed with happiness and relief, but Tamae, after a heart-rending experience with the father of her baby, has a miscarriage and dies after returning to the arms of her husband whom she loves so deeply.
【Quoted from the database of Kadokawa Corporation】
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1964 7.1】
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