Yoru no tsuzumi
An act of adultery leads to catastrophic consequences in this blistering critique of feudal values.
Dir Tadashi Imai
With Rentarô Mikuni, Ineko Arima, Masayuki Mori, Shizue Natsukawa
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.