Yearning (1993)

05/29/1993 (JP) Drama 1h 38m
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Famed onnagata (a man who plays women's parts in Kabuki) Tamasaburo Bando follows up on the success of his directorial debut, Gekashitsu, with this soft-focused romance about love and obligation, based on a novel by Kafu Nagai. Set during the Meiji period (1868-1912), Kaede (Sayuri Yoshinaga) is the former mistress of a wealthy merchant. When he dies, she is forced out on the street and forced to give up her young daughter to the merchant's family. The film opens with her working in a high-class brothel abutting Tokyo Bay. Though she has passionate affection for a drug wholesaler, whom she loves as well, Kaede is swamped with not only debts to the bordello and family obligations -- she is expected to support her parents and her sister -- but also guilt over losing her child. This pain is only increased when Kaede learns that her daughter is being abused. She does the only thing she can: She buys back her child by signing on at the brothel for a longer stint.

  1. Tamasaburo Bando

    Director

  2. Kafu Nagai

    Novel

  3. Genki Yoshimura

    Screenplay

  4. Masafumi Saito

    Screenplay

  5. Taeko Sakurai

    Screenplay

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Original Title 夢の女

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Original Language Japanese

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