• Director

    Yasujirô Shimazu

  • With

    Kinuyo Tanaka, Kôkichi Takada, Tatsuo Saitô

  • Japan 1935. 100min

  • 35mm

  • English subtitles

A key early role for Tanaka – and one of her favourites – in which she plays Okoto, a brilliant music teacher who enters into a strange and devoted love affair with her disciple and servant Sasuke. This adaptation of Jun’ichirô Tanizaki’s novel A Portrait of Shunkin builds to a startling climax, while Tanaka’s performance is deeply powerful yet delicately restrained.

Print courtesy of National Film Archive of Japan.