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An Inn at Osaka

An Inn at Osaka
Directed byHeinosuke Gosho
Written by
Produced by
  • Ryosuke Okamoto
  • Katsuzō Shino
CinematographyJōji Ohara
Edited byShin Nagata
Music byYasushi Akutagawa
Distributed byShintoho
Release date
  • 20 April 1954 (1954-04-20) (Japan)[1][2]
Running time
122 minutes

An Inn at Osaka (大阪の宿, Ōsaka no yado) is a 1954 Japanese drama and shōshimin-eiga film directed by Heinosuke Gosho. It is based on the novel of the same name by Takitarō Minakami and was produced by Gosho's own production company Studio Eight. Film historians regard An Inn at Osaka as one of Gosho's major, but also darker works.[3][4][5]


After his reassignment to Osaka due to an argument with his superior, Tokyo businessman Mita is residing in a cheap inn as his salary won't allow for better accommodation. Though rather a reclusive person, he tries to help the housemaidens with their monetary problems (including a solitary mother and the wife of an unemployed worker), while geisha Uwabami tries to awaken his interest, but to no avail. In the end, Mita, who is critical of his new superior's reckless business practices which result in a business partner's suicide, is transferred again. During the goodbye ceremony, Mita reminds the participants, who have all missed their intended goals in one way or another, to "have the dignity to laugh in the face of unhappiness".



  1. ^ "大阪の宿 (An Inn at Osaka)". Japanese Movie Database (in Japanese). Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  2. ^ "大阪の宿 (An Inn at Osaka)". Kinenote (in Japanese). Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  3. ^ Anderson, Joseph L.; Richie, Donald (1959). The Japanese Film – Art & Industry. Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Company.
  4. ^ Nolletti Jr., Arthur (2008). The Cinema of Gosho Heinosuke: Laughter through Tears. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. pp. 214–225. ISBN 978-0-253-34484-7.
  5. ^ Jacoby, Alexander (2008). Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors: From the Silent Era to the Present Day. Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-53-2.
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