Daughters, Wives, and a Mother

Japan Release: 1960
Running Time:
123 minutes

Daughters, Wives, and a Mother

Japanese Title

[Musume, Tsuma, Haha]

Distributor: Production:


Following the death of her husband, Sanae Soga is the sole inheritor of a million yen insurance policy. With no children of her own, Sanae decides to move back in with her mother. The household is already full, with Sanae's younger sister, brother, wife and their children there. To not intrude, Sanae willingly takes up the smallest room in the house and pays most of the rent. Friends try and match-make the recent widow, first with a wealthy older man. Things get complicated, though, when she goes on an errand with her brother to a vineyard. There she runs into Shingo Kuroki, heir to the business. Although a decade younger than Sanae, the two immediately fall for one another. Sadly, the Soga family runs into trouble: their uncle loses his business. As it turns out, the oldest brother mortgaged the home against the failed business without informing the rest of the family. Soon to be without their house, Sanae must choose between someone she loves and the wealthy older man who could give her and her mother a place to stay...

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International Title

Daughters, Wives, and a Mother

Initial US Title

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Alternate Titles

Daughter, Wife, Mother
[Literal translation]




Directed by Mikio Naruse
Writing credits Toshiro Ide, Zenzo Matsuyama
Produced by Sanezumi Fujimoto
Music by Ichiro Saito
Cinematography by Jun Yasumoto
Film Editing by Eiji Ooi
Production Design by Satoru Chuko
Assistant Director Sakae Hirosawa
Sanae Soga Setsuko Hara
Kazuko Sakanishi, Shingo's Wife Hideko Takamine
Reiji Sakanishi, Photographer Akira Takarada
Hidetaka Tani Hiroshi Koizumi
Shingo Kuroki, Brewing Engineer Tatsuya Nakadai
Haruko Sakanishi Reiko Dan
Kaoru Tani Mitsuko Kusabue
Mie Tani Keiko Awaji
Shusuke Tetsumoto Daisuke Kato
Sokei Gojo Ken Uehara
Kayo Tani Haruko Sugimura
Shin Asabuki Hiroshi Tachikawa
Kiku Totsuka Chieko Nakakita
Bar Hostess Akemi Kita
Old Man in the Park Chishu Ryu
Aki Sakanishi Aiko Mimasu
Yuichiro Sakanishi Masayuki Mori
Maid for the Sakanishi Home Hideko Ebata
Model Reiko Sasamori
- Toki Shiozawa
- Hiroshi Hayashi
- Shoji Ikeda
- Kimiko Kayo
- Takashi Matsuoka


DVDs and Blu-rays

Japan Region 2 Daughters, Wives, and a Mother Toho (2004)

Background and Trivia

  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on December 29th, 1997 with the registration number of PA0000891377. The movie was submitted under its Romaji title, Musume, Tsuma, Haha, and its international title, Daughters, Wives, and a Mother. The copyright registration was part of a group claim that included seven titles. Other films on the same copyright submission include The Secret of the Telegian (1960) and Westward Desperado (1960).