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Floating Clouds Ukigumo
Japan 1955. Dir Mikio Naruse.
With Masayuki Mori, Hideko Takamine,
Mariko Okada. 123min. 35mm EST. 12A
One of the very finest achievements
of the woefully underrated Mikio
Naruse, this lacerating post-World
War Two drama begins with a man
searching for his former lover in the
bombsites of Tokyo. On finding her,
he renews the affair – but can he
leave his wife? This is a sober but
penetrating study of disenchantment,
defeatism and emotional instability,
with the lovers’ desires and needs
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In the Realm of the Senses
Ai no korida
France-Japan 1976. Dir Nagisa Ôshima.
With Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima.
101min. 35mm EST. 18
Based on a true story, Nagisa Ôshima’s
sexually explicit masterpiece charts
a secluded couple’s foray into a
private world of erotic exploration
and fantasy, while mid-1930s Japan
succumbs to increasing militarism.
It’s a tale of self-destructive passion,
with the couple’s amour fou taking
ever darker turns; at the same time,
however, the film is imbued with real
tenderness and compassion.
Pink String and Sealing Wax
UK 1945. Dir Robert Hamer. With Googie Withers, Mervyn Johns, Gordon Jackson. 89min.
In Victorian Brighton, the son
(Jackson) of a tyrannically
‘respectable’ pharmacist, falls for the
wife of a drunken pub landlord, and
finds himself torn by his divided
loyalties. As the young protagonist
moves back and forth between two
very different worlds, Hamer lays
bare the patriarchal inequalities and
injustices of a repressive society.
Johns and Withers are especially
effective as the father and
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