Japan 2021

My Love Has Been Burning (aka Flame of My Love)

Waga koi wa moenu

The great Kinuyo Tanaka stars in Mizoguchi’s powerful feminist drama.

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Japan 1949
Dir Kenji Mizoguchi
With Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito, Ichirô Sugai, Kuniko Miyake
English subtitles

Though Mizoguchi was established as the greatest chronicler of the plight of women in Japanese society, he had never made a film as directly political as this. Inspired by the life of late 19th-century feminist pioneer Hideko Kageyama, this ferociously powerful drama stars the magnificent Kinuyo Tanaka as a woman who joins a liberal party, only to discover that her politician husband has feet of clay. A rarely screened masterwork.