Dir: Naruse Mikio
Japan, 1955, 124min
Cast: Takamine Hideko, Mori Masayuki
Consistently lauded as a masterpiece, powerful in its evocation of female mentality and postwar malaise, Floating Clouds is Naruse’s fifth adaptation of a Hayashi Fumiko novel. The story of downtrodden Yukiko (Takamine Hideko) and her rakish lover Kengo (Mori Masayuki) interweaves the memory of their love affair during wartime Indochina with the sordid state of their current non-relationship in Japan, one eroded by Kengo’s repeated betrayal and Yukiko’s cyclical descent into squalor. The film deals directly with the inability to return to the past – a theme similarly explored, years later, in Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959).
#1 in 1955 Kinema Junpo’s Top 10
1956 Blue Ribbon Awards, Best Film
Naruse Mikio: Women, Destiny, Independence
- Hong Kong Arts Centre Louis Koo Cinema (Venue)
- HK Science Museum Lecture Hall (Venue)
- Hong Kong Film Archive (Venue)
- K11 Art House (Venue)
- The Metroplex (Venue)
- Festival Grand Cinema (Venue)
- the sky (Venue)
- MCL Telford Cinema (Venue)
- Tai Kwun (Venue)
- MOViE MOViE (Venue)
- Chinese Subtitles
- Category III
- Post-screening discussion with the director
- Director and/or actor(s) will meet the audience
- Post-screening talk
- Full House
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