Japan 2021

Muddy River

+ intro by season co-programmer Alexander Jacoby

Doro no kawa

A nostalgic, beautifully shot portrayal of a childhood friendship.

Image from Muddy River + intro by season co-programmer Alexander Jacoby

Japan 1981
Dir Kôhei Oguri
With Takahiro Tamura, Mariko Kaga, Nobutaka Asahara, Makiko Shibata
104min
35mm
English subtitles

Kôhei Oguri’s debut is a deliberately nostalgic evocation of the world of classical filmmakers such as Ozu and Shimizu. Set in Osaka in 1956 and beautifully shot in monochrome by Shôhei Andô, Muddy River subtly dramatises a childhood friendship in a working-class milieu. This delicate work secured an Oscar® nomination for Best Foreign Film and propelled the career of one of the most uncompromisingly independent of modern Japanese filmmakers.

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