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She Was Like a Wild Chrysanthemum

Nogiku no gotoki kimi nariki

A teen romance, narrated in flashback, creates a nostalgic yet melancholy picture of late 19th-century Japan.

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Japan 1955
Dir Keisuke Kinoshita
With Noriko Arita, Shinji Tanaka, Haruko Sugimura, Chishû Ryû
92min
35mm
English subtitles

This delicately sentimental account of a teenage romance by melodrama specialist Kinoshita is one of the most touching of Japanese films. Narrated in flashback, it uses silent-film-style masking to create a nostalgic yet melancholy picture of late 19th-century Japan. Filmed among the stunning mountain landscapes of Nagano Prefecture, this story of ‘pure love’ is a true heartbreaker.