“Kai (Pulling an Oar),” 1985 drama, 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Directed by Hideo Gosha. Starring Ken Ogata, Yukiyo Toake and Yuko Natori.

Before her marriage to geisha agent Iwago, Kiwa was told by her mother, “You’ve got to be endlessly patient if you want to live together in happy union till parted by death.”

Kiwa struggles to come to terms with her life and persevere through the hardship that her marriage brings. Betrayal and tragedy are commonplace in this tale, which follows the life of Kiwa, whose strength and courage help her family to endure in even the worst of times.

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