• Dir: Naruse Mikio

  • Japan, 1964, 98min

  • Cast: Takamine Hideko, Kayama Yuzo, Kusabue Mitsuko, Shirakawa Yumi

What began as a quietly observed family drama has become one of Naruse’s most devastating depictions of thwarted love. A trenchantly beautiful film, Yearning centers on war widow Reiko (Takamine Hideko) as she dutifully tends to her in-laws’ small grocery shop, even as it faces insurmountable competition from the new supermarkets nearby. While her conniving relatives scheme to remove her from the business, she stands to protect the interests of her younger brother-in-law Koji (Kayama Yuzo), whose bad-boy behavior and sudden confession of love displace the mismatched pair into unknown, soul-crushing territory.

1964 Locarno International Film Festival, Best Actress



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