Hiroshi Shimizu

Ornamental Hairpin

Ornamental Hairpin

Two bruised souls enact a tender, hesitant romance in Hiroshi Shimizu’s alternately poignant and playful wartime love story. A soldier (Chishu Ryu) is forced to prolong his stay at a rural spa when he accidentally cuts his foot on the titular object. Soon enough he tracks down its lovely owner (Kinuyo Tanaka) and finds himself smitten.

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Eclipse Series 15: Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu

Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu

DVD Box Set

4 Discs


Ornamental Hairpin
Kinuyo Tanaka
Hiroko Kawasaki
Tatsuo Saito
Professor Katae
Chishu Ryu
Shinichi Himori
Hideko Mimura
Hiroyasu's wife
Kawara Kanji
Old man
Yokoyama Jun
Otsuka Masayoshi
Hiroshi Shimizu
Kihan Nagase
Based on the story “Yottsu no Yubune” by
Masuji Ibuse
Suketaro Inokai
Art direction
Isamu Motoki
Takaaki Asai
Koichi Nakamura

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