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Meshi (Repast) (1951)

Meshi (Repast)





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Based on popular Japanese writer Fumiko Hayahi's final novel, a condemning portrait of married life and women's position in Japanese society, Repast tells the story of Michiyo and Hatsunosuke, a married couple who, in the routine of family life, have begun to fall out of love. With no child to cement their bond, they are still free to question their marriage. Especially since it was a marriage not of convenience, but of love. While Hatsunosuke seems unperturbed, Michiyo fully realizes the growing distance between them and the anguish deeply pains her. Events come to a head when Hatsunosuke's attractive young niece arrives and Michiyo suspects her of making advances. Her heart broken, Michiyo confronts her husband with all of her complaints. Once again, he is uninterested and aloof and she flees his house back to her family. After a long period of depression and several total failures to begin her life anew, Michiyo meets with Hatsunosuke and they superficially patch up their differences. The film ends with Michiyo returning to her married home, forlornly staring out the train window. ~ Brian Whitener, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Fumiko Hayashi
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Ken Uehara
as Hatsunosuke Okamoto
Setsuko Hara
as Michiyo Okamoto
Yko Sugi
as Mitsuko Murata Michi...
Ranko Hanai
as Koyoshi Dohya
Keiju Kobayashi
as Shinzo Murata Michiy...
Eitaro Shindo
as Yuzo Takenaka
Haruko Sugimura
as Matsu Murata Michiyo...
Mitsue Tachibana
as Katsuko Suzuki
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Repast feels like something of a warm-up to Naruse's subsequent Sound of the Mountain.

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What an absolutely stunning film. Naruse shows he is an expert of restraint much similar to his characters. Whereas many other filmmakers would have leapt on teh chance to turn this story of marriage into some sort of sordid thriller Naruse tells it like it is. Setsuko Hara plays the wife who feels distant and suspicious of her husband but perhaps it is just boredom. Despite the inapproriate comments of his neice Hatsunosuke is nothing but faithful, he barely takes an interest in other women, though he is also distant and lacks passion towards his wife. It's a gentle but uncomfortably confrontaional tale of married life and how something meant to produce so much happiness can also feel like a prison.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "Repast", Michiyo(Setsuko Hara), a housewife, lives in a suburb of Osaka, with her husband of five years, Hatsunosuke(Ken Uehara), a stockbroker. They were married in Tokyo and moved to Osaka two years later, following a job transfer. One day, their neice, Satoko(Yukiko Shimazaki), shows up on their doorstep unannounced from Tokyo, apparently trying to put some distance between her and her strict father. All through this, Michiyo feels rather dissatisfied with the way things are going in her life.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Mikio Naruse, "Repast" is a glimpse into postwar Japan when social mobility was just starting to become more commonplace, even if the economy was stagnant with high unemployment. The main conflict in the movie is between modern and traditional attitudes. An episodic, meandering style definitely lessens any impact it might otherwise have had.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

My first Naruse. Hara gives another impressive performance as a frustrated housewife who leaves her husband for Tokyo in an attempt to break free of her boring life and think about her future. The film explores the lack of opportunities for women in the rebuilding postwar Japan. Economic conditions play a large part in the film, as the couple struggle to make ends meet. Naruse's style is a bit similar to Ozu in that he mostly uses static shots, though he doesn't strive as much for composition. He also uses a lot of dissolves instead of direct cuts.

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