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Kaze no naka no mendori (A hen in the wind)

Venice Classics

Director:
Yasujirô Ozu
Production:
Shochiku
Running Time:
84’
Language:
Japanese
Country:
Japan
Year:
1948
Main Cast:
Kinuyo Tanaka, Shûji Sano, Chieko Murata
Screenplay:
Yasujirô Ozu, Ryôsuke Saitô
Cinematographer:
Yuharu Atsuta
Editor:
Yoshiyasu Hamamura
Production Designer:
Tatsuo Hamada, Isamu Ishii Mototsugu Komaki
Costume Designer:
Taizô Saitô
Music:
Senji Ito
Sound:
Shun Usami
Restoration:
Shochiku
Laboratories:Shochiku MediaWorX, Imagica Entertainment Media Services

Synopsis

A woman raising her young son while awaiting the return of her husband from war is forced to sell her body once only to pay her child’s medical costs. Her honest nature prevents her from keeping this from her husband when he returns...

Critic’s Note

It would hardly be an exaggeration to call Kaze no naka no mendori (1948) one of the more neglected films of Yasujiro Ozu, especially within the English-speaking world. Made immediately before one of his key masterpieces, Banshun (1949), it has quite understandably been treated as a lesser work, but its strengths and points of interest deserve a lot more attention than they’ve received. [...] It may be an atypical feature for Ozu, but it is stylistically recognizable as his work from beginning to end, especially when it comes to poetic handling of setting (a dismal industrial slum in the eastern part of Tokyo, where the heroine rents a cramped upstairs room in a house) and its use of ellipsis in relation to the plot.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
4-1-1 Tsukiji, Togeki Bldg., 13th floor, Chuo-ku
104-8422 – Tokyo, Japan
Tel. +81 355501623
ibd@shochiku.co.jp
http://shochikufilms.com/

RESTORATION CURATED BY: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
4-1-1 Tsukiji, Togeki Bldg., 13th floor, Chuo-ku
104-8422 – Tokyo, Japan
Tel. +81 355501623
ibd@shochiku.co.jp
http://shochikufilms.com/

WORLD SALES: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
4-1-1 Tsukiji, Togeki Bldg., 13th floor, Chuo-ku
104-8422 – Tokyo, Japan
Tel. +81 355501623
ibd@shochiku.co.jp
http://shochikufilms.com/

PRESS OFFICE: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
4-1-1 Tsukiji, Togeki Bldg., 13th floor, Chuo-ku
104-8422 – Tokyo, Japan
Tel. +81 355501623
ibd@shochiku.co.jp
http://shochikufilms.com/


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