Yama no oto

Synopsis: The businessman Ogata Shingo works with his son Shuichi, who is his secretary, and they live together in the suburb with their wives Yasuko and Kikuko respectively. Shuichi has a love affair and a loveless marriage with Kikuko. Yasuko has dedicated her entire life to her family but Shingo married her only because her older sister had died. Kikuko is the pride and joy of Shingo and they are close to each other. Out of the blue, Shingo and Yasuko's daughter Fusako leaves her husband and arrives at Shingo's home with her two children. Shingo investigates and finds the address of Shuichi's lover. Meanwhile Kikuko goes to the hospital and Shingo learns that she was pregnant but decided to abort her child.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Mikio Naruse
Production: Criterion Collection
  1 win.
95 min



Based on the original novel by

Yasunari Kawabata

Screenplay by Yoko Mizuki


Setsuko Hara, So Yamamura

Ken Uehara

Yoko Sugi, Teruko Nagaoka

Yatsuko Tanami

Chieko Nakakita, Rieko Sumi

Directed by

Mikio Naruse

See you later.

- Miss Tanizaki, has my father gone?

- Yes.

I told him not to bother waiting for you.

- Did he say anything?

- Yes..."Off to the dancehall again?"

- Are you coming along?

- I can't go every day.

Why not? Let's go.

Sorry to keep you waiting.

Please come again.

Good day. On your way home?


Welcome back.

- What are you looking at?

- At that sunflower.

Fabulous, isn't it?

Bigger than a man's head, even.

I don't know if it's my brains

getting muddled recently...

...but whenever I see a sunflower,

I think of a man's head!

I wonder if the inside of a man's head

could be as beautiful as a flower.

Wouldn't it be great if you could send

your brains off to be cleansed?

That's what I was thinking about

on the train home!

You could remove your head...

...take it down the hospital and say,

"Wash this for me," like at the laundry!

You're too funny!

The best part would be, as the hospital

got on with cleansing the brain...

...you could just sleep for a week

while you waited!

Oh, Father!

The body could just rest,

without getting up, without dreaming.

Father, you must be feeling tired.

Perhaps you haven't

fully convalesced yet.

But that was a year ago.

Why don't you go for a check-up

and another X-ray?

If you say so!

Here you are.

- What is it?

- Green snails.

Kikuko, would you get me

some sweetened water?

"If you say so"!

- Did you buy these?

- Yes.

Really? We almost bought

the same things.

Lobsters, shrimps... and my green snails.

All from Enoshima's stall.

We've gone a bit over the top!

What a feast we have tonight!

Kikuko, wasn't there another

green snail?

Oh! Grandad and Grandma,

you'd find it hard on your teeth...

...so I thought you could share one.

What? And what's with the "Grandad"?

There are no grandchildren around.

Forgive me!

It's fine. Kikuko's right, we'll do

with one green snail between us.

You bought only three green snails?

But there are four of us.

Shuichi's always late.

Why didn't you come home together?

There you go, Father.

Kikuko, what was the name of that maid

that left us recently?

- You mean Kayo?

- Ah, that's it. Kayo.

A few days before she left us...

...I was putting on my geta and

I thought she'd seen a sore on my foot.

"You have a blister," she said to me.

She used the word "o-zure"for blister,

adding the polite prefix...

...and that impressed me!

However, when I thought about it later,

she didn't mean "blister"...

...she meant "ozure"

meaning the thong on the geta!

Kayo's accent was rather strange.

Kikuko, say the word "ozure"

meaning blister for me.


- Now say "ozure" meaning thong.

- Ozure.

While you're talking,

dinner's getting cold!

Eh? O-zure!!! Ozure!!!

O-zure, ozure!!!

Welcome home.

- Will you eat something?

- Not hungry.

- The bath's ready for you.

- Don't need one.

Just wash your face with this.



Yesterday Miss Tanizaki said one of her

friends was looking for work as a maid.

I see. But wouldn't that be

a rather difficult situation?

Why? You need a maid, don't you?

But won't this friend of Miss Tanizaki's

repeat things about you to Kikuko?

Nonsense, she won't say a word!

Well, as long as she's suitable.

Has Miss Tanizaki

said anything to you about me?

Not a word.

- Seems like you've made sure of that.

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Yasunari Kawabata

Yasunari Kawabata (川端 康成, Kawabata Yasunari, 11 June 1899 – 16 April 1972) was a Japanese novelist and short story writer whose spare, lyrical, subtly-shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award. His works have enjoyed broad international appeal and are still widely read. more…

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