Thousand Cranes (1953) (Senba zuru)

  • Dir: Yoshimura Kozaburo

  • Japan, 1953, Japanese, 110min, 35mm, English subtitle

  • Cast: Mori Masayuki, Kogure Michiyo, Otowa Nobuko, Sugimura Haruko

The moral shadings of Kawabata’s post-war masterpiece are illuminated by an ensemble of top-notch talents from the Golden Age of Japanese cinema – flamboyant direction by Yoshimura Kozaburo, concise screenplay by Shindo Kaneto, and awe-inspiring cinematography by Miyagawa Kazuo. The beauty of tea ceremony is transcended into an allusion of erotic obsession in an enthralling story about a young man who stumbles into a passionate yet destructive relationship with his late father’s mistress and her daughter. A world slowly disintegrating, a decadence so overpowering.

Blue Ribbon Awards: Best Cinematography

12.5 (SUN): Film Talk with William Lau

Screening:

Note

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

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