Lonely Lane

  • 1962
  • 2 HR 04 MIN
  • NR
  • Drama

A dramatized biography of Fumiko Hayashi, the noted Japanese writer, the film begins with her birth to impoverished parents. After a premature end to her education, Hayashi (Takamine) takes a variety of odd jobs to support herself. She also becomes involved with various men, some good and some bad. Eventually she writes the story of her life, which becomes...read more

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A dramatized biography of Fumiko Hayashi, the noted Japanese writer, the film begins with her birth to impoverished parents. After a premature end to her education, Hayashi (Takamine) takes a variety of odd jobs to support herself. She also becomes involved with various men, some good and

some bad. Eventually she writes the story of her life, which becomes a highly successful novel. She continues her career as a writer until her eventual death in 1951. Director Naruse had previously adapted a number of Hayashi's popular novels to the screen, and after her death, he conceived of

this filmization of her autobiography as a final tribute. Like most of Naruse's work, the film is relentlessly downbeat.

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