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Kisses(Kuchizuke)

  • Dir: Masumura Yasuzo

  • Japan, 1957, Japanese, 74mins, 35mm

  • Cast: Kawaguchi Hiroshi, Nozoe Hitomi, Mimasu Aiko

What induced Oshima Nagisa to proclaim “a powerful irresistible force has arrived in Japanese Cinema” is Masumura Yasuzo’s debut feature – a moody, unsentimental tale of a fleeting romance. Encountered when visiting their respective fathers in prison, alienated teenage boy and girl bond through their mutual misfortunes, spending a day at the beach on a borrowed motorcycle and on borrowed time. A stripped down narrative imaginatively shot in liberated camera brimmed with swinging moods and impulsive energy, Kisses left a love mark as a forerunner to the Japanese New Wave. 
 

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