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Early Masumura is contemporary with late Douglas Sirk -- both harnessed garish fifties modernism for a scathing, full-color portrait of ambition in the new middle class. In Blue Sky Maiden, Ayako Wakao plays good-natured Yuko, the illegitimate daughter of a well-off executive, raised in the country by relatives. Journeying to Tokyo she finds Father's Western-style house to be a nest of vipers straight out of There's Always Tomorrow, replete with Terrible Children, a housekeeper who sees all, and a dog named Cal with his own doghouse. But Yuko meets it all with aplomb; she's interested in one thing only, finding her real, cast off mother. While digging Blue Sky Maiden's echt-fifties Japan (look for the Sun Tribe-following big brother, and the nightclub singer's hand-print frock), we experience what James Quandt meant when he said, "Even at its most berserk and genre-bound, Masumura's cinema is semiotically rich and sophisticated."

  1. Yoshio Shirasaka

    Writer

  2. Yasuzô Masumura

    Director

Top Billed Cast

  1. Ayako Wakao

    Ayako Wakao

  2. Keizô Kawasaki

  3. Kenji Sugawara

  4. Ryûji Shinagawa

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Original Title Ao-Zora Musume

Status Released

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  • October 7, 1957
    Theatrical

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Original Language Japanese

Runtime 1h 29m

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