Japan 2021

Night Drum

Yoru no tsuzumi

An act of adultery leads to catastrophic consequences in this blistering critique of feudal values.

Image from Night Drum

Japan 1958
Dir Tadashi Imai
With Rentarô Mikuni, Ineko Arima, Masayuki Mori, Shizue Natsukawa
97min
35mm
English subtitles

An act of adultery leads to catastrophic consequences in this blistering critique of feudal values by left-wing director Tadashi Imai and famed screenwriters Kaneto Shindô and Shinobu Hashimoto. Praised by scholars Joseph Anderson and Donald Richie for ‘an immediacy of experience and a feeling of the inexorable which lifts the film to nearly tragic heights’, the film brilliantly dissects the repressive social structure of pre-modern Japan.