The Dancing Girl of Izu

  • Dir: Gosho Heinosuke

  • Japan, 1933, 93minmins, 35mm

  • Cast: Tanaka Kinuyo, Ohinata Den, Kobayashi Tokuji

In a journey of quest to Izu, Kawabata constructed an autobiographical story of self-transformation that garnered his first critical success. In his own narrative, a college student recounts his youthful infatuation with a traveling actress (the young and magnificent Tanaka Kinuyo) – an innocent love that leaves a regret tenderly crushing, yet purifying a secluded soul. Injecting a sense of life’s rhythm into the silent picture. Gosho, assisted by Fushimi Akira’s brilliant screenplay, re-orientates the sublime story into a richly human drama, inundated with warmth and lyricism.

#9 in Kinema Junpo’s Top 10

Live Music Accompaniment
Yukio Chidori
Yukio Chidori studied shakuhachi under the renowned master Fukuda Teruhisa, and has given many performances in Hong Kong and Japan. Apart from traditional Japanese music, he also shows great interest in jazz and popular music. He was awarded the title of Shihan (Master) and the name of “Seimei” (Wisdom). He is currently an instrumental instructor at the Music Department of CUHK.

Lee Ka-pui, Etta
Lee holds her Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Music from CUHK. Received koto training under Imatake Mie, Grand Master. She performs frequently since 2007, notably at the Japanese Emperor’s birthday celebration ceremony held by the Consulate- General of Japan in Hong Kong.


    In-theatre Screening

    • Full House2019-04-13 (Sat)
      Full House2019-05-26 (Sun)


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