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A close-up of a man as he looks imploringly at a woman
Late Chrysanthemums

Film

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Late Chrysanthemums (Bangiku)

Unclassified 18+

Melbourne Cinematheque

22 Jul

Combining three short stories written in 1948 by Fumiko Hayashi (also the source author for Naruse’s Floating Clouds, Repast and Lightning), Mikio Naruse’s filmic adaptation follows the interrelated lives of four retired geishas in post-World War II Japan.

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  • At the heart of this sombre and elegiac film is the troubling and lovelorn figure of Kin, who has retired as an aggressive landlord and moneylender, and to whom the other three protagonists are in debt.

    Starring Yasujiro Ozu and Naruse regular Haruko Sugimara as Kin, and featuring cinematography by Naruse’s regular collaborator, Masao Tamai (who also shot the original Godzilla), this is one of the director’s most piercing works.