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Big screen classics

Floating Clouds


A man searching for his former lover in the WWII bombsites of Tokyo must decide what to do when he actually finds her…

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Japan 1955
Dir Mikio Naruse
With Masayuki Mori, Hideko Takamine, Mariko Okada
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

One of the very finest achievements of the woefully underrated Mikio Naruse, this lacerating post-World War Two drama begins with a man searching for his former lover in the bombsites of Tokyo. On finding her, he renews the affair – but can he leave his wife? This is a sober but penetrating study of disenchantment, defeatism and emotional instability, with the lovers’ desires and needs seldom coinciding.

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