Repast

  • Dir: Naruse Mikio

  • Japan, 1951, 97min

  • Cast: Hara Setsuko, Uehara Ken, Shimazaki Yukiko

In his first attempt to adapt Hayashi Fumiko’s novel, Naruse’s Repast stars the luminous Hara Setsuko as a housewife to a salaryman husband in Osaka. Five years of marriage has long since dulled: domestic duties have become mechanical and her husband uninspiring. The arrival of her spirited niece prompts a search for the life she once knew in Tokyo. Naruse’s lens captures a livelier Hara, whose warm smiles hide a disappointment at the mundane, and a longing for liberation. Contrasting with her saintly presence in Ozu’s films, Repast offers a complex Hara that is not without troubles and dissatisfaction, articulated through her nuanced performance.

#2 in 1951 Kinema Junpo’s Top 10

1952 Blue Ribbon Award, Best Film & Best Actress

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