Thousand Cranes (1969)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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This drama is based on Kawabata's Nobel Prize-winning autobiographical novel about the two loves of his father and about the anger he feels toward them. When he was a boy he meets the first lover with whom his father only had a brief affair. Later, the philanderer gets involved with a widow. Following his father's death, the young son is invited to a tea ceremony by the first mistress. There he meets the woman the mistress wants him to marry. Also attending is the second mistress, who had been jealous of the first lover. She has come with her daughter. The young man is embarrassed by the set-up, but he does find the girl attractive. Later he speaks to the second mistress and realizes that she cannot tell him from his late father. The son takes advantage of this and makes love to her. When the youth admits that he doesn't want to marry the other girl, the mistress is crushed and kills herself. The first mistress gets her revenge by destroying all of the young man's subsequent affairs and in the end, he is left all alone.

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bitterness, ceremony, crush, daughter, extramarital-affair, father, flashback, jealousy, love, lover, meeting, son, suicide, tea-ceremony, tragic-love, widow/widower