Japan 2021

Yearning

An intensely moving melodrama about the repressed love between a widow and her brother-in-law.

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© 1964 Toho Co Ltd. All rights reserved

Japan 1964
Dir Mikio Naruse
With Hideko Takamine, Yûzô Kayama, Mitsukô Kusabue, Yumi Shirakawa
98min
35mm
English subtitles

Hideko Takamine was Naruse’s great muse – as Setsuko Hara was Ozu’s and Kinuyo Tanaka was Mizoguchi’s – her peerlessly expressive face capable of registering the rawest of emotions. She gives an intensely moving performance in this melodrama about the repressed love between a widow (Takamine) and her brother-in-law (Kayama), one whose currents of emotion swell to a devastating, unforgettable climax.