Japan 2021

Marital Relations

+ pre-recorded intro by Professor Hideaki Fujiki, Nagoya University

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Against all advice, the heir to a wealthy family embarks on a relationship with a geisha.

Image from Marital Relations + pre-recorded intro by Professor Hideaki Fujiki, Nagoya University

© 1955 Toho Co Ltd. All rights reserved

Japan 1955
Dir Shirô Toyoda
With Hisaya Morishige, Chikage Awashima, Yôko Tsukasa, Haruo Tanaka
120min
35mm
English subtitles

Despite paternal disapproval, the heir to a wealthy family embarks on a relationship with a geisha. Another filmmaker deserving of greater fame in the West, Toyoda is celebrated particularly for his direction of actors. Here, he elicits superb performances from Hisaya Morishige and Chikage Awashima in what remains one of Japanese cinema’s most mature and realistic accounts of romantic commitment.

Print courtesy National Film Archive of Japan.

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