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Toho Film
Three sisters with maiden hearts
Three Sisters with Maiden Hearts
Directed by                   Produced by
Mikio Naruse  ?
Written by                       Music by  
Yasunari Kawabata
Mikio Naruse
Kyosuke Kami

Distributed by                       Rating      
TohoJP  ?
  Budget                           Box Office
 ???,???,???  ???,???,???
Running Time
75 minutes
(1 hour, 15 minutes)
Designs Used
None

Three Sisters with Maiden Hearts (乙女ごころ三人姉妹?, Otome Gokoro Sannin Shimai) is a 1932 drama film created by Toho Company Ltd., and was the company's first movie. The film was released to Japanese theaters on March 1, 1932.


Plot

Three Sisters with Maiden Hearts tells the story of three very different siblings forced to work as samisen street musicians to make ends meet. O-Ren, the eldest, is on a downward spiral into Tokyo's Asakusa district underworld, exasperated middle sister O-some attempts to protect her sisters by appeasing their demanding mother Hahaoya, and Chieko, the youngest, pursues love and romance with kindly restaurateur Aoyama. Three Sisters is one of Naruse's most formally experimental works, making use of an intricate, yet playful flashback structure and a fluid, constantly moving camera to delineate the sisters' varying paths through life. Chieko's Folies Bergere-like dance numbers are a particular highlight, demonstrating Naruse's affinity with and understanding of the psychology of performance. And even at a relatively brief 64 minutes, it feels as if Three Sisters explores a lifetime of heartache and tragedy, culminating in a wrenching train station climax where O-some makes the ultimate sacrifice to preserve a complicated sense of familial status quo.

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Mikio Naruse
  • Written by   Yasunari Kawabata, and Mikio Naruse
  • Music by   Kyosuke Kami
  • Cinematography by   Hiroshi Suzuki
  • Edited by   Koichi Iwashita

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Chikako Hosokawa   as   O-Ren
  • Masako Tsutsumi   as   O-Some
  • Ryuko Umezono   as   Chieko
  • Chitose Hayashi   as   Hahaoya
  • Chisato Matsumoto   as   O-Haru
  • Masako Sanjo   as   O-Shima
  • Mariyo Matsumoto   as   O-Kinu
  • Heihachiro Okawa   as   Aoyama
  • Kaoru Ito   as   Wampaku
  • Osamu Takizawa   as   Kosugi
  • Akira Kishii   as   Kyaku
  • Kamatari Fujiwara   as   Yopparai
  • Masao Mishima   as   Bad boy at Rokku
  • Jun Otomo   as   Bad boy at Rokku

Alternate Titles

  • The Asakusa Sisters (Asakusashimai, lit. Asakusa Sisters)

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Trivia

  • Three Sisters with Maiden Hearts was Mikio Naruse's very first film.
  • The film was released to Portugese theaters on March 2, 2009.
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