Thousand Cranes (1953)

  • Dir: Yoshimura Kozaburo

  • Japan, 1953, 110minmins, 35mm

  • Cast: Mori Masayuki, Kogure Michiyo, Otowa Nobuko, Sugimura Haruko

The moral shadings of Kawabata’s post-war masterpiece are illuminated by an ensemble of top-notch talents from the Golden Age of Japanese cinema – flamboyant direction by Yoshimura Kozaburo, concise screenplay by Shindo Kaneto, and awe-inspiring cinematography by Miyagawa Kazuo. The beauty of tea ceremony is transcended into an allusion of erotic obsession in an enthralling story about a young man who stumbles into a passionate yet destructive relationship with his late father’s mistress and her daughter. A world slowly disintegrating, a decadence so overpowering.

Blue Ribbon Awards: Best Cinematography

12.5 (SUN): Film Talk with William Lau


    In-theatre Screening

    • Full House2019-05-12 (Sun)
      Buy Tickets2019-05-25 (Sat)


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