17 Ratings

Husband and Wife


directed by Mikio Naruse
Japan, 1953


Bumped from family lodgings when brother decides to marry, Yoko Sugi and husband Ken Uehara end up lodging with eccentric Rentaro Mikuni, but even as Uehara resents the strange magnetism of Mikuni, his wife announces a blessed event.

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  • Patlabor's rating of the film Husband and Wife

    Did Naruse ever make a bad movie? I don't think so. This is yet another top of the line Naruse, in which he deals with one of his favorite subjects: marriage. The film is about a young couple who're forced to live in a rented room of a flat owned by a friend, whose presence becomes a catalyst for unearthing feeling and emotions simmering underneath. The terrific cast includes Ken Uehara, Yoko Sugi and Rentaro Mikuni.

  • Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film Husband and Wife

    Not top-tier Naruse, a little too typical of the director (bad marriage, temptation of one of the partners, money troubles), but with fine moments. Also a showcase for Sugi Yoko, who he usually used in smaller parts. Mikuni, a recent widower, lets Sugi and Uehara move into the spare room in the place. She cooks and cleans, is the ideal Japanese wife (of course Uehara doesn't appreciate her), Mikuni is smitten...

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