Yearning (Japanese Cinema 1960s)
Part of the Japanese Cinema 1960s series co-presented with the Japan Foundation.
Dir. Mikio Naruse. 1964.
100 min. 35mm. B&W.
In Japanese with English subtitles.
Reiko (Hideko Takamine), a war-widow, keeps her late husband's family store afloat against supermarket competition and the meddling of her in-laws. Fed up with the pressure, she embarks on a journey home, accompanied by a younger brother-in-law (Yuzo Kayama). The journey, with hints of forbidden romance, ends with a shocking finale. Known as 'a great director of women' (Film Comment), Naruse contemplates a society challenged by capitalism and changing social mores in this stunningly shot feature. Toho Co., Ltd.
'A masterpiece of portraiture''Keith Uhlich, Slant magazine
'[In the films of Naruse,] a flow of shots that looks calm and ordinary at first glance reveals itself to be like a deep river with a quiet surface disguising a fast-raging current.'
' Akira Kurosawa
This project was supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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