With Beauty and Sorrow (Utsukushisa to kanashimi to)

  • Dir: Shinoda Masahiro

  • Japan, 1965, Japanese, 104min, 35mm, English subtitle

  • Cast: Yachigusa Kaoru, Kaga Mariko, Yamamura So

Shinoda’s consummate visual style allies with Kawabata’s poetic, subtly-shaded prose work to examine the romantic tragedy of pain, jealousy and obsession. Exquisite mise-en-scène and color cinematography unfolds an intertwined melodrama about a young beautiful student and lesbian lover of a famous painter seeking revenge against her mentor’s ex-lover – a married novelist who impregnated and abandoned her two decades ago. A nostalgic claustrophobia that traps the characters, traumatized by the fiery determination to destroy all in a quest for self-possession.

Asia-Pacific Film Festival: Best Supporting Actress



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