Eclipse (1934) National Film Archive of Japan
Eclipse (1934) National Film Archive of Japan
Eclipse (1934) National Film Archive of Japan

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present


Hiroshi Shimizu | Japan | 1934 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 6 Jul 2022

Although Shimizu was dubbed a “genius” by Ozu and Mizoguchi, and is now widely celebrated for his portraits of the lives of disaffected children and women, he was also an incisive and critical chronicler of his times. Tracing the paths of two villagers as they separate in their hometown and move to Tokyo independently, Shimizu’s penetrating film is a chronicle of traditional Japan and its displacement by modernity. Although not openly critical of the rise of militarism it paints a bittersweet vision of lost values.

35mm print courtesy of the National Film Archive of Japan.

Format: 35mm, Black & White
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Source: National Film Archive of Japan
Courtesy: National Film Archive of Japan
Runtime: 100 mins

Event duration

100 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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