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The adopted son of an Osaka courier falls in love with a prostitute and, discovering that she is about to be purchased by a client, steals money from his employer to redeem her. Hunted criminals, the two young lovers take flight to Yamato, but, as in Chikamatsu's other domestic tragedies of love and duty (known as sewamono), they must be pursued and their passion destroyed by death. Favourite Uchida themes, such as the indenturing of a prostitute (cf. YOSHIWARA; A BLOODY SPEAR AT MT. FUJI), and his characteristic emphasis on performance and theatrical artifice re-emerge here; but the daring device of having Chikamatsu appear as a character - not unlike having Shakespeare interpolated into a film adaptation of one of his plays - is just one of many surprises this remarkable film holds. “Extraordinary” (Donald Richie).

  1. Tomu Uchida

    Director

  2. Masashige Narusawa

    Writer

  3. Monzaemon Chikamatsu

    Novel

Top Billed Cast

  1. Kinnosuke Nakamura

    Kinnosuke Nakamura

    Chubei Kameya

  2. Ineko Arima

    Ineko Arima

    Umegawa

  3. Kinuyo Tanaka

    Kinuyo Tanaka

    Myokan

  4. Keiko Yukishiro

    Keiko Yukishiro

  5. Hiromi Hanazono

    Hiromi Hanazono

    Otoku

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Chikamatsu's Love in Osaka

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Original Title Naniwa no koi no monogatari

Status Released

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  • September 13, 1959
    Theatrical

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Original Language Japanese

Runtime 1h 45m

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