WOMEN IN JAPANESE MELODRAMA 52 book online at bfi.org.uk MON 23 OCT SAT 4 NOV 18:00 NFT2 14:50 NFT3 WED 18 OCT SUN 22 OCT 20:40 NFT2 15:00 NFT2 SUN 22 OCT THU 26 OCT 20:10 NFT2 18:20 NFT2 An Inlet of Muddy Water Nigorie Japan 1953. Dir Imai Tadashi. With Chikage Awashima, Haruko Sugimura, Yoshiko Kuga, Nobuo Nakamura, Natsuko Kahara. 130min. 35mm. EST. Part of the collection of National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Based on stories by the great 19th-century female writer Ichiyo Higuchi, Tadashi’s sensitive, beautifully observed anthology beat even Ozu’s Tokyo Story (see p60) to be named best film of 1953 by the Japanese film magazine Kinema Jumpo. It presents three devastating portraits of women trapped by injustice and circumstance, with outstanding performances by some of the finest actors of the time. The Mistress (aka Wild Geese) Gan Japan 1953. Dir Shiro Toyoda. With Hideko Takamine, Hiroshi Akutagawa, Choko Lida, Eijiro Tono. 104min. 35mm. EST Hideko Takamine’s peerlessly expressive face was capable of registering the deepest emotion with just a glance – qualities vividly displayed in Toyoda’s heartbreaking film. Takamine plays a lowly divorcee who is tricked into becoming mistress to a despised moneylender, but she dares to dream of love and escape from the confines of her position when she falls for a kind-hearted student. Clothes of Deception Itsuwareru seiso Japan 1951. Dir Kozaburo Yoshimura With Machiko Kyo, Yasuko Fujita, Keiju Kobayashi. 103min. 35mm. EST Glamorous and sensual, Machiko Kyo was a new kind of female star in the 1950s. Shortly after starring in Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon (see p56), she gave a superb performance in Yoshimura’s story of the contrasting fate of two sisters in a post-war Japan caught between the old and the new; one a geisha in Kyoto’s Gion district (Kyo), the other (Fujita) employed by the tourist board.
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