Portrait of Madame Yuki

Synopsis: Young servant girl Hamako has just started working for her personal hero, Madame Yuki. Her romanticized view of the Madame is broken immediately, as she is introduced with a list of the Madame's personal problems.
Genre: Drama, Romance
88 min

Portrait of Madame Yuki

Shintoho Company

Takimura Productions

Produced by

Kazuo Takimura

From the novel by

Seiichi Funabashi


Yoshikata Yoda

Kazuo Funabashi


Joli Ohara

Art director:
Hiroshi Mizutani

Fumio Hayasaka

Ken Uehara

Michiyo Kogure

Yuriko Hamada

Yoshiko Kuga

Eijiro Yanagi

So Yamamura

Shizue NatsukaWa

Kumeko Urabe

Directed by

Kenji Mizoguchi

Ata mi!

Ata mi!

You must be tired from

the train.


this is Seitaro.

He helps us at the house.

Pleased to meet you.

I'm going ahead of you.

I accepted your offer despite

my inexperience.

Madame Yuki is very happy.

What's wrong?

I'm just worried

just thinking about

meeting her.

In fact, she's away.

The day before yesterday there

was a call from Tokyo.

Her father had an attack.

He's very old.


Go take a bath.

It'll make you feel better.

Seiichi, show her where it is.

Come this way.

Thank you very much.

It's beautiful.

There's nothing like it

in the country.

Take your bath.

The water's nice and hot.

Does Mme Yuki bathe here too?


Do you like Mme Yuki?

I'd like to serve her.

She's very nice.

Finally I'm near her.

Such a thing was never

permitted formerly.

Her father was the Viscount of

Shina no, chief of our region.

Her name suggests she was

born from the snow of the

Shinano mountains.

How beautiful she is.

When I was in school,

she got married.

All women are destined to


But I was sad

when I heard she was getting


That was the first time

I saw her.

O how beautiful!

O her face!

This is madame's bedroom.

It smells good.

That's her incense.

Is has the same smell.

Even deprived of her title

of nobility,

she must be happy to

live here.

You're mistaken.

She's not happy?

Her husband keeps a Woman

in Kyoto.

A cabaret singer.

He's debauched.

He doesn't come home?

Yes, from time to time.

One night or two.

Don't say I told you.

The truth is

she's in love with someone.

I was looking for you...

You have to go to Tokyo.

Her father died this morning.

Sorry, but you have to go right

away for the mourning clothes.

Where do I go?

You're not going alone.

You'll find Professor Kikunaka

at his lake-shore hotel.

I'll forewarn him.

You'll go with him to Tokyo.

He's the man I was

telling you about.

Is that you, Hamako?

I'm Kikunaka.

Let's go.

You're just coming from

Shina no.

I often went to Mme Yuki's

house with her husband.

So you knew the Yukis?

I used to work for them.

When she was a child,

I took her to school, horse

riding, tennis.

I was in her service.

I thought...


That you were an actor.

Me, an actor?

This is the first time anyone

took me for an actor.

What do you do in life?

I teach koto.

My father was a virtuoso

koto player.

Contrary to my father,

I try to introduce western


And your wife?

I'm not married.

So in that hotel...

I'm alone.

After my courses in Tokyo,

I go to the hotel.

I don't like life in Tokyo.

Take good care of

Mme Yuki.

She's unhappy.

Go that way.

How can you dare decide

without consulting the heir?

According to the will...

I'm the heir.

And you're the mistresses

of my father-in-law.

Don't talk so loud.


What does Yuki say about it?

It's for her to decide.


What's going on?

It's about...

the inheritance.

You know about it.

He was suckered in

by con-artists.

He invested in cosmetics

and hotels.

Nothing worked.

His house, his land,

everything was mortgaged

and seized.

This land, his stocks,

his property,

it all went for taxes.

What's left to him is this house,

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