Midareru (1964)



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In this depressing Japanese drama, a grocer continues to operate her husband's business long after he has killed himself. Her brother-in-law has been in love with her for ages. Eventually she gives in, and a romance blooms until she suddenly rejects him in favor of her husband's memory.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Mikio Naruse, Zenzo Matsuyama
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as Reiko Morita
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It is best to begin a discussion of Mikio Naruse's Yearning by focusing on its concluding image.

Full Review… | June 7, 2006
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Midareru

this is the finest melodrama i have ever seen. in a side note: i don't know why so many synopses refer to reiko's husband as a suicide when he was clearly killed in the war. anyway, the height of naruse and takemine's work, along with 'floating clouds'

Stella Dallas

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Wow what an ending. In many ways this is similar to Floating Clouds except that Takamine sort of plays Mori's part. Economic changes in the form of large, more competitive supermarkets will force her away from the small shop owned by her dead husband's family which she has built up by herself from ruins since the war. In addition Naruse contrasts her traditional values with that of her westernized peers in the form of her sisters in law. It's this refusal to change that dooms her and the unfulfilled romance that the film shifts to in the second half. Takamine is excellent here though I found Kayama's acting a bit on the stiff side. Also this is the most gorgeous looking film by Naruse I've seen.

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