Sound of the Mountain

  • Dir: Naruse Mikio

  • Japan, 1954, 95min

  • Cast: Hara Setsuko, Yamamura So, Uehara Ken, Nagaoka Teruko

Based on Kawabata Yasunari’s novel, Sound of the Mountain portrays an aging patriarch’s attempts to alleviate the troubled marriage of his philandering son and his child-like wife Kikuko (Hara Setsuko). The father-in-law’s faintly inappropriate fancy towards Kikuko is ambiguously reciprocated, rippling the family’s rigid surface. Naruse’s sensibility delves deeply into the feelings of an unsatisfied wife, offering Hara an opportunity to channel feminine desire and melancholy. Caught between duty and clandestine affection, Hara’s Kikuko internalises her unspeakable feelings, allowing them to be glimpsed only through allusion and allegory. Like works of haiku, her restrained performance leaves viewers with lingering impressions.

#6 in 1954 Kinema Junpo’s Top 10

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. For screenings at ALL commercial cinemas, tickets are available at URBTIX till 5:00pm one day before respective screenings. After that, tickets will be available only at the box office of the screening venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

3. Screenings at HK Arts Centre, HK Film Archive and Tai Kwun: For screenings that are about to start in 1 hour, all remaining tickets can only be bought at the box offices of the respective screening venues.

4. For the sold-out screenings at HK Arts Centre and HK Film Archive, a limited number of standing tickets are available at the URBTIX Outlets of the respective venues 30 minutes prior to the screening time. Seating is not guaranteed and subject to availability 30 minutes after the screening time. Each person can purchase 1 standing ticket. The availability of standing tickets is subject to change without prior notice.

5. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till 1 hour prior to the respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

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