Wife! Be Like a Rose! (Tsuma yo bara no yo ni)

  • Dir: Naruse Mikio

  • Japan, 1935, 74min, DCP

  • Cast: Maruyama Sadao, Ito Tomoko, Chiba Sachiko, Hanabusa Yuriko

Hoping to reunite her estranged gold-prospecting father with her poet mother, Kimiko (played by Chiba Sachiko, Naruse’s then fiancée) sets out to reclaim her father (Maruyama Sadao) from his mountain-village home, where he has lived with his ex-geisha mistress and their children for many years. Wife! reveals Naruse’s knack for subtle humor, despite the film’s sobering revelations about family, class, and gender roles in interwar Japan. Deemed “one of the triumphs of Japanese sound film” by Donald Richie, the film was the first Japanese talkie released in the West.

1935 #1 in Kinema Junpo’s Top 10

16.11.2018(FRI): Lecture with Fiona Law
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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