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What's your favorite film by Mikio Naruse?

Kimi to wakarete (After Our Separation)
0 (0%)
Yogoto no yume (Each Night I Dream)
0 (0%)
Three Sisters with Maiden Hearts
0 (0%)
Tsuma yo bara no yo ni (Kimiko)
0 (0%)
Hideko, the Bus Conductress
0 (0%)
Uta-andon (The Song Lantern)
0 (0%)
Ginza keshô (Ginza Cosmetics)
0 (0%)
Meshi (Repast)
1 (5.3%)
Okaasan (Mother)
1 (5.3%)
Inazuma (Lightning)
0 (0%)
Fûfu (Husband and Wife)
0 (0%)
Ani imôto (Older Brother, Younger Sister)
0 (0%)
Yama no oto (The Thunder of the Mountain)
1 (5.3%)
Bangiku (Late Chrysanthemums)
0 (0%)
Ukigumo (Floating Clouds)
0 (0%)
Shû u (Sudden Rain)
0 (0%)
Nagareru (Flowing)
1 (5.3%)
Iwashigumo (Summer Clouds)
0 (0%)
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
3 (15.8%)
Daughters, Wives and a Mother
0 (0%)
Hourou-ki (A Wanderer's Notebook)
0 (0%)
Midareru (Yearning)
0 (0%)
The Stranger Within a Woman
0 (0%)
Midaregumo (Scattered Clouds)
0 (0%)
other (specify)
0 (0%)
haven't seen any
11 (57.9%)
don't like any
1 (5.3%)

Total Members Voted: 19

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Re: Naruse Mikio - Director's Best
« Reply #40 on: January 07, 2013, 01:45:46 PM »
Loving your reviews worm@work. My library has the following titles:

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
Mother
Street Without End
Flunky, Work Hard
Apart From You



Which of these would you recommend as a good introduction?

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Re: Naruse Mikio - Director's Best
« Reply #41 on: January 07, 2013, 01:59:50 PM »
Loving your reviews worm@work. My library has the following titles:

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
Mother
Street Without End
Flunky, Work Hard
Apart From You



Which of these would you recommend as a good introduction?

Thanks so much, Sandy :)! I'll go with When a Woman Ascends the Stairs. It's a lot more polished than his early silents and if I had to pick only one of those, that'd be the one. It's really lovely.

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Re: Naruse Mikio - Director's Best
« Reply #42 on: January 07, 2013, 02:04:27 PM »
Really Great:
1. Flowing
2. Yearning
3. Late Chrysanthemums

Great:
4. Floating Clouds
5. Repast
6. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
7. Street Without End
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Re: Naruse Mikio - Director's Best
« Reply #43 on: January 07, 2013, 02:18:24 PM »
Thanks!

Verite, who is your avatar?

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Re: Naruse Mikio - Director's Best
« Reply #44 on: January 08, 2013, 04:34:07 PM »
Morning's Tree-Lined Street | Naruse | 1936

This one was alright but I've forgotten it almost as soon as I watched it :|. Chiba Sachiko is in this one as well and here she leaves her family in the countryside and comes to the city to work as a bar hostess in a relatively unhip/poor part of Tokyo, The portrait of the hostesses and their struggles with money and alcohol is pretty great but then the film turns really dramatic and we see Chiyo escaping with Ogawa dreaming of a better life and the film turns into some kind of crime drama where he's embezzled funds and asks her to commit suicide with him? And then that whole plot line is ruptured as well and while I get that the whole thing is meant to convey the precarious situation these women are placed in wherein they rely on weak men for their security, it all felt a bit silly to me. And Chiyo's naiveté regarding her profession struck me as rather odd as well. God, maybe I'm just in a bad mood today or something :|.
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Re: Naruse Mikio - Director's Best
« Reply #45 on: January 08, 2013, 04:43:09 PM »
It's okay to not like things :)  It helps us define what we do like.

I haven't seen that one yet.  I've got a ton of Naruse on my watchlist, I'll certainly get to at least of couple of them this year.
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Re: Naruse Mikio - Director's Best
« Reply #46 on: January 08, 2013, 04:59:50 PM »
It's okay to not like things :)  It helps us define what we do like.

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Re: Naruse Mikio - Director's Best
« Reply #47 on: January 08, 2013, 05:05:04 PM »
You didn't read the fine print


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Re: Naruse Mikio - Director's Best
« Reply #48 on: January 16, 2013, 06:46:27 PM »
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Re: Naruse Mikio - Director's Best
« Reply #49 on: January 20, 2013, 11:23:05 AM »
Hideko, The Bus Conductress | Naruse | 1941

Just lovely, really. Probably the most subversive of all the Naruse films I've seen so far. There's so much jauntiness throughout, particularly at the beginning and the end but lurking underneath it all is some really dark criticism of a more modern capitalist Japan and so on. Whereas in his earlier films, the hospital scenes are used climactically, here Hideko's accident is not dwelt upon at all. She recovers almost miraculously. There's such a sweetness throughout (Hideko Takamine contributes a ton to that, no doubt) and that just makes the ending even more tragic to me. It reads like a personal triumph perhaps but I can't help but think it's all going to be rather short-lived.
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