The Moon Has Risen (1955)
The Moon Has Risen (1955)
The Moon Has Risen (1955)

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The Moon Has Risen

Kinuyo Tanaka | Japan | 1955 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 15 Nov 2023

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.

Format: DCP
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Source: Janus Films
Runtime: 102 mins

Event duration

102 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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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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Behind The Screen- Kinuyo Tanaka, Trailblazing Filmmaker

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