This often overlooked Kon Ichikawa gem is based on Japanese author Natsume Soseki's 1914 novel of the same name. The renowned director of AN ACTOR'S REVENGE, THE BURMESE HARP and TOKYO OLYMPIAD delves deep into the books' central themes of isolation and secrecy. Nobuchi's (Masayuki Mori) frequent visits to his old friend Kaji's grave bewilder his wife Shizu (Michiyo Aratama), whom he refuses to bring along. Could this have anything to do with the young student Hioki (Shoji Yasui)? And what connects her to Kaji in the first place? Ichikawa's impressive psychological drama is a stunning example of the acclaimed filmmaker's work, and a must for any collection.
48 page booklet featuring publicity stills, essay and interview with the legendary director
Release Date: 23 February 2009
Certificate: 12 - Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 121 minutes
Production Year: 1955
Main Language: Japanese