A Hen in the Wind

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Ozu himself considered this a failure, but its tale of a soldier who returns home from the war to find his wife has resorted to prostitution in order to nurse their sick child shames many a lesser director's manifest successes despite its overtly melodramatic elements. The symmetrically structured narrative, concentrating first on the woman's plight, then on the husband's rejection of her and eventual reconciliation, and the outbreak of angry violence extraordinarily heightened against the placid domestic background, leave no doubt where Ozu's sympathies lie and of his concern for the erosion of the traditional family system.

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Duration: 84 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Screenwriter: Ryosuke Saito, Yasujiro Ozu
Cast: Shuji Sano
Kinuyo Tanaka
Chieko Murata
Chishu Ryu
Takeshi Sakamoto
Eiko Takamatsu
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