Late Chrysanthemums

  • Dir: Naruse Mikio

  • Japan, 1954, 101minmins

  • Cast: Sugimura Haruko, Sawamura Sadako, Hosokawa Chikako, Mochizuki Yuko

Weaving together three short stories by Hayashi Fumiko, Late Chrysanthemums is a superb example of Naruse’s
narrative mastery. The film follows three former geishas as they grapple with the realities of their current lives.
Kin, now a moneylender, visits her fellow ex-colleagues to collect debts while reconnecting with old flames. The
latter pair, Tomi and Tamae, console themselves with drink as they bemoan migraines, gambling habits and
their adult children’s decisions. This sweeping character study offers little respite for these women, marginalized
by age, gender and the changing times.
#7 in 1954 Kinema Junpo’s Top 10


    In-theatre Screening

    • 2016-10-05 (Wed)


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