The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
The Moon Has Risen
Tanaka’s second directorial effort for Nikkatsu is a romantic comedy based on a script by one of her key mentors, Yasujiro Ozu, in collaboration with Ryosuke Saito. Like many of Ozu’s works, Tanaka’s film concerns a traditionally minded elder obsessed with finding a partner for a younger family member, humorously examining the clashing generations and the changing social conditions in postwar Japan. Starring a number of Nikkatsu’s finest actors including Ozu regular Chishu Ryu, Hisako Yamane, Mie Kitahara, Yoko Sugi, Shoji Yasui and Tanaka herself.
Also screening on Wed 15 November
Behind the Screen: Kinuyo Tanaka, trailblazing filmmaker
The Moon Has Risen (1955) – Wed 15 Nov, 7pm
Forever a Woman (A.K.A The Eternal Breasts) (1955) – Wed 15 Nov, 9pm
Love Under the Crucifix (1962) – Wed 22 Nov, 7pm
The Wandering Princess (1960) – Wed 22 Nov, 8.55pm
About the program
Kinuyo Tanaka (1909–77) is one of the greatest and most prolific screen actors and – after Sakane Tazuko – only the second woman to make it as a film director in the Japanese film industry. Appearing in 250 films over the span of 50 years, Tanaka acquired her first screen credit aged 14, while her major breakthrough came in films such as Ozu’s I Graduated But… (1929)...
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