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A Story Written with Water (1965)

Mizu de kakareta monogatari (original title)
A young man who's about to marry is torn between his fiancée and the love for his mother. His past, dreams and desires unfold simultaneously.


Yoshishige Yoshida (as Kiju Yoshida)


Yôjirô Ishizaka (novel), Toshirô Ishidô (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Mariko Okada Mariko Okada ... Shizuka / Shizuo's mother
Yasunori Irikawa Yasunori Irikawa ... Shizuo / Yumiko's fiance
Ruriko Asaoka Ruriko Asaoka ... Yumiko / Shizuo's fiancee
Isao Yamagata ... Denzo / Shizuo's father
Shin Kishida Shin Kishida ... Takao / Shizuo's father (as Mori Kishida)
Masakazu Kuwayama Masakazu Kuwayama ... Yamazaki / Shizuo's boss (as Shôichi Kuwayama)
Keiko Yumi Keiko Yumi ... Geisha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kimiko Kayo Kimiko Kayo
Aiko Masuda Aiko Masuda
Kaoru Mimura Kaoru Mimura
Wataru Nakagawa Wataru Nakagawa
Takao Nakamura Takao Nakamura
Hideaki Satô Hideaki Satô
Fudeko Tanaka Fudeko Tanaka ... Old woman


Shizuo discovers a mysterious letter about his fiancé Yumiko, which prompts him to explore his sexual psychology and memories. His childhood and adult life unfold simultaneously, and he feels increasingly obligated to choose between mother and fiancé. Whichever choice he makes, it seems one will rule out the other. Written by MichelleYeohFan

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Release Date:

23 November 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Story Written with Water See more »

Filming Locations:

Ueda, Nagano, Japan See more »

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Production Co:

Chunichi Eigasha See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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One of the best avant garde movie from Japan
1 January 2012 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

The director of this movie, Yoshishige Yoshida (Sometimes pronounced Kijyu Yoshida) always had Avant Garde taste to his movies. He was one of the directors that were part of movement called Nuberu bagu ( from the French nouvelle vague) or Japanese New Wave. This can be seen in movie such as Amai Yoru No Hate (1961) starring Masahiko Tsugawa. So this movie was a perfect match for the director. The movie also stars his wife Mariko Okada as the mother of the two sons.

The original title Mizu de Kakareta Monogatari (Story written with water) is an appropriate title if you consider women as water. The story revolves around the relation between Shizuka (Mariko Okada) and Denzo (Isao Yamagata) who were having a long time affair even while Shizuka was still married to her husband Takao. This puts doubt on her son Shizuo about who his real father is. But one day Shizuo is recommended to marry Yumiko (Ruriko Asaoka) from his mother and Denzo. While having no enmity to his mother, Shizuo had despised Denzo for his strength and relation with his mother. After the marriage, Shizuo asks Denzo if he might be his son, and marriage with Yumiko would be a marriage between brother and a sister. Denzo denies the accusation, but he's not 100% sure, and distraught over the thought gets into car accident. Shizuo lost all faith has no more desire for Yumiko, and asks his mother to commit suicide with him.

Based on a novel by Yojiro Ishizaka, this movie is a superb depiction of human relationship and what long range effect illicit relationship can have. There are beautiful women in this world. Maybe too beautiful, and that beauty causes both men and women to lose their ways. This is such story. Yojiro Ishizaka has writing style like no other. He's one of the great novelist of the 20th century. No one can write love romance/ human drama like he can. This movie is no exception.

The movie features slew of beautiful women, that convinces you that resisting sexual advance from such beauty is almost impossibly difficult. Yet that beauty and all the power and wealth of Denzo couldn't bring happiness to the people around them. That tells us something.

Beautifully made movie, is one of the best director Kijyu Yoshida has made.

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