Anzukko poster

Japan Release: 1958
Running Time:
109 minutes


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In the years after the war, the Hirayama family, headed by successful author Heishiro, begins searching for a husband for their daughter, Kiyoko, whose childhood nickname was Anzukko (Apricot Child). Eventually, Kiyoko accepts the proposal of a neighbor and aspiring writer named Ryoichi, and they move to Tokyo. However, Ryoichi proves unable and unwilling to hold down a job, and soon, they’re living in poverty. Ryoichi tries to sell his stories, to no avail, and becomes increasingly distraught over his father-in-law’s success as an author, often taking out his frustrations on his wife. Kiyoko becomes increasingly disenchanted with her marriage, repeatedly returning home to her family, as her husband's psychological distress proves too much.

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Alternate Titles

Apricot Child
[Literal translation]

Little Peach
[Alternate translation]



Directed by Mikio Naruse
Writing credits Sumie Tanaka, Mikio Naruse
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by Ichiro Saito
Cinematography by Masao Tamai
Film Editing by Eiji Ooi
Production Design by Satoru Chuko
Kiyoko Hirayama Kyoko Kagawa
Heishiro Hirayama So Yamamura
Ryoichi Urushiyama Isao Kimura
Rieko Hirayama Shizue Nakayama
Heinosuke Hirayama Hiroshi Tachikawa
Risako Mina Mitsui
Suga Daisuke Kato
Tayama Keiju Kobayashi
Iijima Yoshio Tsuchiya
Okada Yu Fujiki
Sumiko Chieko Nakakita
Saburo Yoshida Minoru Chiaki
Yagihara, Editor Nobuo Nakamura
Mrs. Hatoi Sadako Sawamura
Hatoi's Son Kenji Sahara

Background and Trivia

  • Based on the novel Anzukko (杏っ子) by Saisei Muro, which was serialized from 1956 to 1957.
  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on December 10th, 1997 with the registration number of PA0000889324. The copyright registration was a triple claim, as it also included Hiroshi Inagaki's Ninjitsu (1958) and another Naruse film, Summer Clouds (1958).
  • This was the last film in director Mikio Naruse's career to be photographed in the standard academy aspect ratio (1.375:1). Beginning with his next film, Summer Clouds, all of his pictures would be photographed in widescreen TohoScope.


Patrick Galvan Star Rating
September 25, 2018