Forever a Woman (aka The Eternal Breasts)
Chibusa yo eien nare
A bold examination of female desire and agency.
Yumeji Tsukioka, Ryoji Hayama, Junkichi Orimoto
Japan 1955. 110min
Inspired by the life of celebrated female poet Nakajō Fumiko, who met an untimely death aged 32 from breast cancer, Tanaka embarked on her first passion project as director. Working with female scriptwriter Sumie Tanaka (who also penned, Girls of the Night), the duo created a moving portrait of a mother and artist which simultaneously illuminated radical ideas of female agency and desire.
Joint ticket available with Kinuyo Tanaka: Film Pioneer on Monday 8 August £15, concessions £12 (Members pay £2 less). Book in person at the box office or by phone on 020 7928 3232.