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This Japanese literature collection contains four translated stories from two of Japan’s most beloved and acclaimed fiction Izu Dancer, Yasunari. The Izu Dancer & Other Stories [Yasunari Kawabata, Yasushi Inoue] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Japanese novel. The Izu Dancer. Yasunari Kawabata. 14 June April first Japanese to receive Noble prize in Literature. Kawabata’s books have.

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Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. Eighth Grade breakout star Elsie Fisher shares what it was like landing her first Golden Globe nomination. Search for ” Izu no odoriko ” on Amazon. Adapted from a famous short story in Japan, The Izu Dancer is the story of a male teenager on vacation in the Izu peninsula who encounters a thirteen-year-old girl who is part of a Three thieves escape from a heist, one of them killing the other two.

He is sheltered by a prostitute and sought after by the police, but only after ten years his true motivation unravels. In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king’s cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.

Danncer coming-of-age story about a young brother and sister whom spend a pivotal summer in the country with their grandparents. A warrior named Da Hufa goes to save his prince from a dystopian village. He finds the dystopian village dnacer by a fake God and his guards.

In order to save the prince, Da hufa has to Junkichi is the son of a rich landlord, while Koyuki is the daughter of a poor lumber worker. The mismatched pair soon finds love, and against his father’s wishes, Junkichi decides to run away with Koyuki to start a new. A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.

A young man tries to get away from his family’s overwhelming power, but when he accidentally kills a local thug, his fate will be intricately linked to his father’s. A woman, who for years Fleur is the blue angel in one of Hong Kong’s “flower houses” – bordellos and night clubs of the ‘s. A detached and beautiful performer, she falls in love with Twelfth Master Chan, heir When the children of an executed General are pursued in China, some dance martial arts swordsmen intervene.

The story is 21 pages long, at least in the version translated into English by Edward Seidensticker and published by Tuttle Publishing. It describes an encounter between a male student traveling through the Izu Peninsula of Japan during the final days of his vacation and a family of wandering entertainers.

Dancr of dancre family is a dancing girl of 13 and she and the boy, instantly drawn to each other, seek ways to make the most of the few days their paths cross. It’s all quite innocent and adncer girl’s guardian the mother-in-law of the girl’s brother seems somewhat indulgent at first, but turns less so by the end of the trip. Written in the first person by the student, the story comes off as a wistful reminiscence of a youthful travel made pleasant by the attention received from a rare beauty.


The story has been filmed many times and I’ve seen four versions of it, three of them live-action. The best is arguably an animated half-hour made in as part of the “Animated Classics of Japanese Literature” TV series also reviewed on this site. It has nothing to do with the film version of the story. I watched this version on a DVD that was in Japanese with no subtitles. Since I’d read the story and seen the subtitled animated version, it wasn’t that hard to follow.

I had also just seen the film starring Sayuri Yoshinaga also reviewed on this sitewhich was made by the same filmmaker and on which this version was closely modeled, complete with long dialogue scenes and subplots designed to pad out ziu story to feature-film length.

The big difference here is in the performance of the leading female role, that of the Izu dancer. Here she’s played by singing star Momoe Yamaguchi not long after her emergence as the reigning pop queen in Japan in the s.

Yamaguchi adds a sadder, darker quality to her portrayal of Kaoru, the dancing girl. She has a bigger smile, a more ready laugh and more expressive emotions than Ms. Yoshinaga, but she suffers disappointment more visibly and is much more melancholic overall.

Yoshinaga seemed almost ethereal at times, while Yamaguchi has a much earthier quality. The cinematography and set design in this film are not as pretty as they were in the version.

There was a sunny, airy quality to the look and feel of that film and vancer more optimistic tone. Here, in the s manner, things are darker and grittier, and the colors are not as bright.

The human behavior is no better. While each of the filmed versions I’ve seen features some harassment of the dancing girl by drunken patrons, something not even hinted at in the story, the character suffers a lot more groping by older men here than in any other version I’ve seen.

Even though it reflects the sad reality of the abuse traveling performers, particularly young girls, would have been subjected to, it’s somewhat disconcerting, especially when one considers that Ms. Yamaguchi was 15 at the time of the shoot.

The ending is unusually bleak. There’s a title song performed by the star over the opening credits, which is then reprised about an hour into the film during a sequence showing the group’s travels. There are a few scenes showing the family performing. She plays up the adolescent angst that’s only hinted at in the short story, resulting in a deeply affecting performance.

There’s a scene where she’s anxiously awaiting the student’s arrival at the inn where she’s staying and she crafts origami birds while she’s waiting. The origami was used in the version but is not in the original story.


The unique touch here is that her eagerness compels her to toss one of the birds from the window to fall at the feet of the first guy in a student uniform to walk by, only to be embarrassed when she realizes it’s the wrong student.

It’s a wordless sequence, with the emotions played out entirely on her face. The dancer seems much more attached to the boy here than even the character in the original story. The actor who plays the student, Tomokazu Miura, would be Ms.

Yamaguchi’s frequent co-star in movies and television in the subsequent six years and the two would eventually marry, prompting Yamaguchi’s retirement from show biz in at the ripe age of 21!

Yamaguchi was the dominant recording star in Japan from to She had an ability, far beyond her years, to dabcer up ancient emotions, to evoke a dacer quality that transcends the whole notion of “pop. I’ve never seen or heard anyone else like her.

Miura and based on a novel by Izj Mishima, plus a poster gallery of 14 films, presumably all starring the two performers. Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!

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