A Woman Crying in Spring (1933) Japan Foundation
A Woman Crying in Spring (1933) Japan Foundation
A Woman Crying in Spring (1933) Japan Foundation

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

A Woman Crying in Spring

Hiroshi Shimizu | Japan | 1933 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 29 Jun 2022

Shimizu’s first sound film is an emotionally powerful melodrama about the love between an itinerant woman and a miner who meet in a rugged, far-flung region of Japan. One of the director’s darkest and most revelatory works, the film evinces Shimizu’s affinity with those on society’s margins. Partly shot on location against the beautiful snowy landscapes of Hokkaido, it features an innovative use of audio: overheard voices provide a chorus to the romantic theme, while folk songs echo throughout, taking on a deeper significance with each repetition. 35mm print courtesy of the National Film Archive of Japan.

Format: 35mm, Black & White
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Source: Japan Foundation
Courtesy: Japan Foundation
Runtime: 96 mins

Event duration

96 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Making his directorial debut in 1924 at the age of 21, Hiroshi Shimizu (1903–1966) went on to make over 160 films in a career contemporaneous with widely acknowledged masters Yasujiro Ozu and Kenji Mizoguchi, in whose critical shadows he often, undeservedly, resided. The warmth and lightness of his work has always been highly praised but, as Alexander Jacoby notes, he shares with Jean Renoir the double-edged nature of such plaudits: “Those few critics who have written about Shimizu’s work tend to make him sound less interesting than he is.”

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Director Hiroshi Shimizu

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