A Wanderer's Notebook

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A Wanderer's Notebook

based on novel or book waitress biography tokyo, japan novelist peddler 1920s

A Wanderer's Notebook

Release Date: September 29, 1962

Year    :   1962
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Genres    :   Drama
Production Companies    :   Takarazuka Eiga Company Ltd.
Director    :   Mikio Naruse
Producers    :   Sanezumi Fujimoto, Mikio Naruse, Tadahiro Teramoto, Toshiya Okihara
Writers    :   Toshirō Ide, Kazuo Kikuta, Sumie Tanaka, Fumiko Hayashi
RunTime    :   124 mins.

Considered one of the finest late Naruses and a model of film biography, A Wanderer’s Notebook features remarkable performances by Hideko Takamine – Phillip Lopate calls it “probably her greatest performance” – and Kinuyo Tanaka as mother and daughter living from hand to mouth in Twenties Tokyo. Based on the life and career of Fumiko Hayashi, the novelist whose work Naruse adapted to the screen several times, A Wanderer’s Notebook traces her bitter struggle for literary recognition in the first half of the twentieth century – her affairs with feckless men, the jobs she took to survive (peddler, waitress, bar maid), and her arduous, often humiliating attempts to get published in a male-dominated culture.


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