The Wife of Seishu Hanaoka

Synopsis: The Wife of Seishû Hanaoka is set in feudal Japan. Its two central characters are based on the wife and mother of Japanese physician Seishû Hanaoka (1760-1835). Hanaoka developed a herbal ...
Genre: Drama, History
99 min

I know the mother's social class is a problem but ...

I was talking with her and although she didn't say it exactly, I think she wants to go to the Hanaokas.

Does Kae know Unpei?

No. But Kae has always said she admires Otsugi's beauty and wants to be her daughter!

What's all this?

In what kind of family does a mother come and ask for a daughter in law like this?

If Otsugi wants her Kae will be ecstatic. If you don't allow it she will be weeping all night ...

Kae, I want you to tell me what you really feel.

I wish to go to the Hanaoka family.

Produced by Masaichi Nagata

Script by Kaneto Shindo after the novel by Sachiko Arikichi

Cinematography by Setsuo Kobayashi, Lighting by Hiroshi Mima, Sound recording by Masao Okado, Art Direction by Yoshinobu Nishioka

Editing by Kanji Suganuma,

Music by Hikari Hayashi, Costumes by Yoshio Ueno. Narrated by Hanako Sugimura.


Raizo Ichikawa as Unpei 'Seishu' Hanaoka

Ayako Wakao as Kae

Hideoko Takamine as Otsugi

Yonosuke Ito as Nomichi Hanaoka and Misako Watanabe as Koriku

Yatsuko Tanami, Chisako Hara, Chieko Naniwa

Taketoshi Naito, Saburo Date, Kezo Tabu

Kanji Uehara, Kiyoshi Ito, Shinjiro Akatsuki, Mineko Takagi, Noboru Taki

Directed by Yasuzo Masumura

In Unpei's absence I have placed here the guardian deity of this house...

... the great Ming dynasty book of herbs.

My father Unzen Hanaoka copied it and he, and I ....

... and my son Unpei have pored over and handled this book.

All the Hanaokas are here apart from two of Unpei's younger brothers.

One is studying to be a Buddhist priest and the other in a merchant house learning the trade.

This is Ryoan Shimamura, my apprentice

Let us begin.

Unpei was born 23 years ago.

Otsugi was sweating and groaning and the midwife calling for hot water ....

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Sawako Ariyoshi

Sawako Ariyoshi (有吉 佐和子 Ariyoshi Sawako, 20 January 1931 – 30 August 1984) was a prolific female Japanese writer, known for such works as The Doctor's Wife and The River Ki. She was known for her advocacy of social issues, such as the elderly in Japanese society, and environmental issues. Several of her novels describe the relationships between mothers and their daughters. She also had a fascination with traditional Japanese arts, such as kabuki and bunraku. She also described racial discrimination in the United States, something she experienced firsthand during her time at Sarah Lawrence, and the depopulation of remote Japanese islands during the 1970s economic boom. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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