7.3/10
283
3 user 3 critic

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.

Director:

Yoshishige Yoshida (as Kiju Yoshida)

Writers:

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

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A married woman lets her lover take naked pictures of her. The photos end up in possession of a man who starts blackmailing the couple.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Mariko Okada, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi, Tamotsu Hayakawa
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two interwoven stories. The first is a biography of anarchist Sakae Osugi which follows his relationship with three women in the 1920s. The second centers around two 1960s' students researching Osugi's theories.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Mariko Okada, Toshiyuki Hosokawa, Yûko Kusunoki
The Affair (1967)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A woman, unhappily married to a cheating executive, starts meeting her dead mother's lover and gets thrown into a romantic dilemma after succumbing to a rough laborer.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Mariko Okada, Yoshie Minami, Tadahiko Sugano
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Just after WW2, a romance between an innkeeper and a man with tuberculosis unravels near a thermal spring.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Mariko Okada, Hiroyuki Nagato, Sô Yamamura
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An opportunistic department store clerk gets involved with three women and attempts to manipulate them so he can move up the social ladder.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Masahiko Tsugawa, Michiko Saga, Teruyo Yamagami
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In an isolated mountain resort, a woman gets involved in a love triangle between herself, her volatile lover and her ex-boyfriend, for whom she had platonic feelings.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Mariko Okada, Isao Kimura, Yukio Ninagawa
Coup d'Etat (1973)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A freestyle biopic of Ikki Kita, the ultranationalist intellectual whose ideas inspired the failed military coup in 1936.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Yasuo Miyake, Akiko Kurano
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An engineer's wife returns home with a lost teenager. A man posing as her dad tries to get her back, causing the engineer to recall his youth as a revolutionary, obscured by dreamlike disruptions of time and space, fantasy and reality.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Mariko Okada, Kaizo Kamoda, Naho Kimura
Blood Is Dry (1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An assurance company employee threatens suicide after a massive layoff is announced by the management. The company takes advantage of his threat by turning it into an advertising campaign.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Keiji Sada, Kaneko Iwasaki, Shin'ichirô Mikami
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A bored young student falls for the young secretary of his rich friend's father. She senses some good in him and tries to make him discard his aimless lifestyle.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Masahiko Tsugawa, Hizuru Takachiho, Yûsuke Kawazu
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Near a remote Buddhist monastery, a young man falls in love with his sister and gets her pregnant. After a monk finds out, the young man becomes an assistant to a master sculptor, only to proceed to complicate matters with his affairs.

Director: Akio Jissôji
Stars: Michiko Tsukasa, Ryô Tamura, Eiji Okada
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A spontaneous romance blooms between Kawamura, a professor touring Europe, and Naoko, a married woman living in Paris, scarred by the Nagasaki atomic bombings. The two protagonists travel around Europe trying to find themselves.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Mariko Okada, Tadashi Yokouchi, Paul Beauvais
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Chunichi Eigasha See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed