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WOMEN IN JAPANESE MELODRAMA 54 book online at bfi.org.uk THU 23 NOV WED 29 NOV 18:10 NFT3 20:40 NFT2 SUN 19 NOV TUE 21 NOV 14:45 NFT2 20:45 NFT2 MON 13 NOV FRI 17 NOV 18:30 NFT2 20:40 NFT2 TUE 7 NOV FRI 10 NOV 20:20 NFT2 18:00 NFT2 The Shape of Night Yoru no henrin Japan 1964. Dir Noboru Nakamura. With Miyuki Kuwano, Mikijiro Hira, Keisuke Sonoi. Masuyo Iwamoto. 109min. 35mm. EST This intoxicating rediscovery follows Yoshie (Kuwano), a woman pushed into prostitution by her violent yakuza boyfriend, in a mode that filters the emotion of Naruse through the daring of Imamura. Gorgeously shot in widescreen, with bold compositions and editing, Nakamura’s revelatory film absorbs Douglas Sirk’s expressive use of colour, while pointing forward to the lyrical modernism of Wong Kar Wai. An Affair at Akitsu (aka Akitsu Springs) Akitsu Onsen Japan 1962. Dir Yoshishige Yoshida. With Mariko Okada, So Yamamura, Hiroyuki Nagato, Jukichi Uno. 112min. 35mm. EST Mariko Okada’s career bridged both the Golden Age and the New Wave she helped to define in the films she made with her director husband Yoshishige Yoshida. But first came this full-bodied, hauntingly intense melodrama of unrequited love and post-war disillusion, shot in lush widescreen colour, which observes the faltering relationship between a sickly soldier and an innkeeper. The Blue Sky Maiden (aka The Cheerful Girl) Ao-Zora Musume Japan 1957. Dir Yasuzo Masumura. With Ayako Wakao, Keizo Kawasaki, Kenji Sugawara, Ryuji Shinagawa. 88min. 35mm. EST The influence of Douglas Sirk’s contemporary melodramas is unmistakeable on Masumura’s fresh, colourful and sharply satirical Cinderella story, the first in a string of collaborations with the beautiful Ayako Wakao. Here Wakao embodies Japan’s new youth, playing an illegitimate daughter who travels to Tokyo to live with her father, only to find his house a seething nest of suspicion and resentment. Tokyo Twilight Tokyo boshoku Japan 1957. Dir Yasujiro Ozu. With Setsuko Hara, Ineko Arima, Isuzu Yamada, Chishu Ryu, Haruko Sugimura, So Yamamura. 140min. 35mm. EST. PG Long immortalised as Japan’s ‘eternal virgin,’ Setsuko Hara shows another side to her acting in Ozu’s unusually downcast and melodramatic masterwork, which spans teenage pregnancy, abortion and maternal abandonment. Hara plays Takako, the elder of two sisters abandoned by their mother (Yamada) as children. As she deals with her faltering marriage, her younger sister Akiko (Arima) falls into serious trouble. See p60 for the screening of Tokyo Story


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