Japan 2021

Woman of the Lake

Onna no mizûmi

Husband-and-wife team Yoshida and Okada’s poetic and sensuous film probes questions of gender and sexuality.

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Japan 1966
Dir Kijû Yoshida
With Mariko Okada, Shinsuke Ashida, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi
English subtitles

In the 1960s and 70s, the husband-and-wife team of director Kijû Yoshida and actor Mariko Okada realised a remarkable sequence of films that probed questions of gender and sexuality in Japan. This poetic and sensuous example of their work together, based on a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Yasunari Kawabata, charts the consequences of photographs bearing witness to an extra-marital affair falling into the wrong hands...

Print courtesy of National Film Archive of Japan.