Floating Clouds

  • Dir: Naruse Mikio

  • Japan, 1955, 124minmins

  • Cast: Takamine Hideko, Mori Masayuki

Consistently lauded as a masterpiece, powerful in its evocation of female mentality and postwar malaise, Floating Clouds is Naruse’s fifth adaptation of a Hayashi Fumiko novel. The story of downtrodden Yukiko (Takamine Hideko) and her rakish lover Kengo (Mori Masayuki) interweaves the memory of their love affair during wartime Indochina with the sordid state of their current non-relationship in Japan, one eroded by Kengo’s repeated betrayal and Yukiko’s cyclical descent into squalor. The film deals directly with the inability to return to the past – a theme similarly explored, years later, in Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959).

#1 in 1955 Kinema Junpo’s Top 10

1956 Blue Ribbon Awards, Best Film


    In-theatre Screening

    • 2016-09-21 (Wed)


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