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特集「追悼 高峰秀子」5 放浪記(1962年)【林芙美子伝記映画】 A Wanderer’s Notebook (1962) (in memory of Hideko Takamine)

監督 成瀬巳喜男/Director: Mikio Naruse
出演 高峰秀子、田中絹代、加東大介、宝田明、小林桂樹、草笛光子/Starring: Hideko Takamine‚ Kinuyo Tanaka‚ Daisuke Katou‚ Akira Takarada‚ Keiju Kobayashi‚ Mitsuko Kusabue



Hideko Takamine’s challenge

This is the third film adaption. While Fumiko Hayashi was alive the film was already being adapted‚ so she knew the plot without needing to watch it‚ this film was that kind of work. That’s why to Hideko Takamine and Mikio Naruse‚ they would make an exceptionally different “A Wanderer’s Notebook” to the others. Without this determination and confidence‚ it would have been an impossible job to tackle.

Hideko Takamine has thick drooping eyebrow makeup‚ wears a self-indulgent kimono‚ is round shouldered‚ has a complex about her upturned “sanpaku” eyes (white between the iris and the lower eyelid) that look as if to be scooping; she is unattractive to anyone that sees her. Takamine relentlessly plays Fumiko Hayashi who hasn’t any beauty. Although she is with men‚ they dump and betray her. At the bottom end of poverty‚ her day to day living makes her envy the normal life of society. Her hopes are to eat and be full.

She works as a cafe waitress‚ a celluloid factory worker and a clerk. Living on the fringe of subsistance‚ Fumiko is indifferent and writes in her notebook. Her nature is aggressive‚ an egoist‚ and on top of her aspirations for success regardless of appearance‚ she gets mad. She is angry at poverty‚ the men that dumped her‚ and at her weakness for accepting them back again. For a man they no longer care for a pretty girl‚ this most important thing is living your life doing what you want to do‚ expressing determination.

Takamine fired herself up at that kind of Fumiko. With the success of A Wanderer’s Notebook‚ Fumiko achieved distinction and fame. She became a popular writer. In order to receive her manuscript‚ editors formed a line outside Hayashi’s palace. However‚ Fumiko seems languid. She wrote to the best of her ability. Men‚ money‚ success; she no longer has any use for them. Now she wants to go as far as she can with her only body. Takamine leaves that kind of unruly resignation.

To maintain her literary life‚ she had to obstruct the progression of the competition. Considering this‚ Fumiko probably had a really nasty side to her. This is likely true because that extensive amount of work is something she couldn’t have done if she wasn’t a woman with a storm-like and carnivore-like life force. There is no way she could have been a cute and humble woman who was happy being loved and protected. The stance is different but to provide for her family‚ Takamine had to swim through the muddy waters of showbiz‚ so I don’t think that her understanding and sympathy for Fumiko was shallow. Worn out Fumiko died when she was 47 years old. Her life was reminiscent of fighting to the death‚ and her non-sentimental ending was good.