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The Rose on His Arm (1956)

Taiyô to bara (original title)
A young man ignores his mother's pleas and becomes drawn to a life of crime.


Keisuke Kinoshita


Keisuke Kinoshita (screenplay), Keisuke Kinoshita (story)
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Ishihama Akira Ishihama ... Masahiro Hase
Katsuo Nakamura ... Kiyoshi Akiyama
Sadako Sawamura ... Akiyama's mother
Yoshiko Kuga ... Keiko Hase
Noriko Arita Noriko Arita ... Kaoru Akiyama
Hiroko Sugita Hiroko Sugita ... Yôko
Shinji Tanaka Shinji Tanaka ... Chôshichi Tsuji
Kuniko Miyake ... Masahiro's mother
Ryûji Kita Ryûji Kita ... Masahiro's father
Shin Tatsuoka Shin Tatsuoka ... Sakurai (as Susumu Tatsuoka)
Fujio Suga Fujio Suga ... Sushi shop master
Mutsuko Sakura Mutsuko Sakura ... Sushi shop lady
Mitsuko Yoshikawa ... Neighbour on the left, Madame
Akio Isono Akio Isono ... Neighbour on the left, Mister
Tamotsu Tamura Tamotsu Tamura ... Jirô Yamanaka


A young man ignores his mother's pleas and becomes drawn to a life of crime.

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Action | Crime







Release Date:

14 November 1956 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Taiyâ to Bara See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Best Foreign Language Film winner at the Golden Globes in 1957. See more »

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The Education Of A Punk
20 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Katsuo Nakamura is a layabout. His hardworking mother -- she gets 30 yen for each paper rose she assembles -- gets him a job at Ryûji Kita's factory, but he hates everything: the hard work, the grind, the elegantly calligraphed letters his mother writes, the attentive kindness and encouragement of his supervisor. He doesn't have to fall into bad company, he's already in it, but he falls in with the worst of them all: Kita's son, Akira Ishihama.

Keisuke Kinoshita's movie attempts to get into the mind of Nakamura's character. He seems to be lazy because he feels he can't really get ahead. In a Japanese society that was rapidly growing richer in the period of this movie, there is much to desire, whether it's a pack of cigarettes or sushi or women, but he sees no prospect of getting any of these themselves, only as the unthinking gifts of those who have more than they possibly use; and those people, to whom everything is given without effort, have nothing to strive for. They are bored, in search of new thrills. These people -- exemplified by Ishihama -- recognize the gifts they have been given, search for something they can do. Trained to stupidity and laziness, in a world where everything can be gotten just by asking his parents, he has nothing to offer except pain.

It's a dark movie by Kinoshita, devoid of his usual flashes of black humor, and at times painful to watch. Its also brilliant.

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