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Hi no ataru sakamichi

Street in the Sun


Release Date
April, 15th, 1958
Running Time
209 min
Screening Format
Screen Size
Standard (1:1.37)

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[ Story ]

Takako Kuramoto, a college student, is employed as companion and tutor to Kumiko Tashiro and through her likeable character has come to be regarded as one of the family.
Kumiko, an extremely bright girl, is somewhat handicapped through an injury received in childhood and walks with a slight limp, and this has given her a somewhat warped attitude towards life. Her elder brothers are of entirely different characters; Yukichi, a medical student is handsome, intelligent and good-natured; Shinji is wayward, unpredictable, and even beyond the control of his strong-willed mother, Midori.
Takako lives alone in an apartment next door to Tomi Takagi and her son Tamio, a jazz singer, on whom she depends is a somewhat wild character.
One night when the others are at a concert Shinji Tashiro has a heart to heart talk with his father Tamakichi. Shinji's outlook on life shocks his father and he is grieved beyond words when his son demands to know the identity of his real mother. On Tamakichi confessing that she was a geisha, Shinji condemns him for having bought his mother for money and as the old man strikes him the anger he demonstrates convinces Shinji that he must have loved his mother very dearly.
That night Takako is escorted home from the concert by Yukichi for whom she has come to feel a deep affection.
Shinji senses that Tomi is his real mother through something that Takako has said, and on New Year's day he goes to the apartment to find Tomi out and is coldly received by Tamio.
When Shinji tells his stepmother, Midori, that he knows the identity of his real mother she is embarrassed, and tells him that she knows that he took the blame for Yukichi over the accident which crippled Kumiko.
Yukichi proposes marriage to Takako, but although she is attracted by him she cannot bring herself to accept. Shinji's attitude towards her is gruff and rude.
Finding himself being blackmailed by a fashion model Yukichi puts the blame on Shinji . But his mother realizes the truth and Takako now understands that Shinji 's gruff exterior hides a heart of gold.
A fight between Shinji and Tamio fi nally brings them together, and as Shinji finds his true love with Takako, happiness comes to Tamio and Kumiko. And once again the sun shines on the Tokyo home of the Tashiro family.

【Quoted from the database of Nikkatsu Corporation】
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1958.1.1】

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