Sudden Rain (Shuu)

  • Dir: Naruse Mikio

  • Japan, 1956, 91min, DCP

  • Cast: Hara Setsuko, Sano Shuji, Kobayashi Keiju, Kagawa Kyôko

Hara Setsuko’s beatific smile plays piercing counterpoint in this pseudo-tragicomic tale. Her on-screen marriage to Ryotaro (Sano Shuji) seethes with resentment just beneath the surface of an orderly domestic life – filled with daily repetitions and routine conversations – until the couple’s money worries (and their crumbling peripheral world) threaten to break through. Beyond its fill of underhanded insults, is this marriage (or marriage in general) merely a bitter pill to swallow? Naruse’s measured exercise in dramatic subversion excels in sustaining tension, heightening the uneasy realization that there’s no easy resolution in marital strife.

2.11.2018(FRI): Lecture with Sam Ho
Conducted in Cantonese

Package Discount for “Naruse Mikio: Floating, Drifting, Meandering”
– 30% discount to each purchase of standard tickets to ALL 6 sessions, and get a free copy of Naruse Mikio, 110th Anniversary catalogue*; or
– 20% discount to each purchase of 2 or above standard tickets to difference sessions.

* Audience MUST present ALL 6 original tickets of “Naruse Mikio: Floating, Drifting, Meandering” screenings for the catalogue redemption on-site 30 minutes prior to the screening.



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