Mori Ogai & 3 Film Adaptations

The son of a physician of the aristocratic warrior (samurai) class, Mori Ōgai studied medicine, at first in Tokyo and from 1884 to 1888 in Germany.

Mori Ogai

February 17, 1862 – one of the creators of modern Japanese literature.

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    Sansho Dayu

    Or see full film here (youtube)

    Based on an ancient legend, as recounted by celebrated author Mori Ōgai (in his short story of the same name, written in 1915), and adapted by Mizoguchi, Sanshō Dayū [Sanshō the Steward, aka Sanshō the Bailiff] is both distinctively Japanese and as deeply affecting as a Greek tragedy. Described in its opening title as “one of the oldest and most tragic in Japan’s history”, Mizoguchi depicts an unforgettably sad story of social injustice, family love, and personal sacrifice – all conveyed with exquisite tone and purity of emotion. Master of Cinema

  • Takamine Hideko and Akutagawa Hiroshi in Mistress (film based on Ogai’s Wilde Geese)

    Ōgai’s most popular novel, Gan (1911–13; part translation: The Wild Goose), is the story of the undeclared love of a moneylender’s mistress for a medical student who passes by her house each day. Ōgai also translated Hans Christian Andersen’s autobiographical novel Improvisatoren.

  • Dancing Girl (Maihime) in German and Japanese on youtube (Directed by Masahiro Shinoda and pop singer Go Hiromi played Mori Ogai)

    In 1890 he published the story “Maihime” (“The Dancing Girl”), an account closely based on his own experience of an unhappy attachment between a German girl and a Japanese student in Berlin. It represented a marked departure from the impersonal fiction of preceding generations and initiated a vogue for autobiographical revelations among Japanese writers.

    Ogai museum in Germany

    Dancing Girl (Maihime)

    Akutagawa Ryunosuke was Hiroshi’s father.

    Vita Sexualis (Good reads)

    Ogai (Brushwork of his name in Flickr bold and beatiful)

    Vist Mori Ogai’s and Natsume Soskei houses on youtube (the narrator mispronounced both names)
    Soseki (Previous Post)

    Ogai’s daughter is Mori Mari who is also a published author.

    See 3 portraits of Ogai by Thomas Klingenstein