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Meshi

is a 1951 film by Mikio Naruse, starring Setsuko Hara. It is set in postwar Osaka and it is about a woman who has moved from Tokyo (her father is a well-known professor) to settle down with her husband. Her salaryman husband ignores her, and she is slowly worn down by domestic drudgery. Matters come to a head when her pretty niece comes to stay and the husband begins to flirt with her. "Naruse shows brilliantly how the husband and wife cling to respectability by a thread." Dissatisfied with his efforts to improve their household life, she returns to Tokyo for a time.

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    author
    director Mikio Naruse
    genre drama
    musicBy Fumio Hayasaka
    producer Sanezumi Fujimoto
    publisher Toho
    theme japanese