FLOATING CLOUDS (Mikio Naruse, 1955)

Ukigumo, the perfect title of this absorbing, deeply affecting film, comes from the 1951 novel, by Fumiko Hayashi, on which it is based. (I’m presuming that the English translation is accurate.) Recurrent shots of the two principal characters aimlessly walking give form to the drifting, uncertain nature of postwar Japanese lives following defeat and during […]