The Song Lantern

  • Dir: Naruse Mikio

  • Japan, 1943, 93 minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Hanayagi Shotaro, Yanagi Eijiro, Yamada Isuzu

In a parable-like story of a conceited young Noh artist who falls into the life of a street singer after shaming an old blind musical rival into suicide, Naruse transformed what might have been a look-alike of Mizoguchi’s The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939) into a poetic dimension outside of time, and otherworldly. Lyrical crane shots gliding through the forest haze evokes a mystical space where the sinner instructs his victim’s daughter, and in the ecstasy of her Noh dance his catharsis is achieved.


    In-theatre Screening

    • Door Tickets Available at the Venue on Screening Date2020-01-11 (Sat)
      Door Tickets Available at the Venue on Screening Date2020-02-09 (Sun)


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