Yama no oto (Sound of the Mountain)

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In this characteristically subtle, somber study by underrated Japanese director Mikio Naruse, an ingratiating bride develops warm ties to her father-in-law while her cold husband blithely slights her for another woman. Setsuko Hara, probably Japan's greatest post-war actress, proves typically endearing as the wife whose youthful enthusiasms are crushed by her unfeeling husband (Naruse favorite Ken Ohara), while So Yamamura excels as the aging father-in-law moved by his daughter-in-law's sadness. This pivotal film in Naruse's career marks his turning away from idealized renderings of Japanese wives and points towards his more complex renderings of women in such great works as Nagareru, Onna ga Kaidan o Agaru Toki, and his masterpiece, Ukigumo. ~ Les Stone, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Yama no oto (Sound of the Mountain)

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Makes some keen observations about the changing role of the Japanese women in the post-war society, as seen through the eyes of a sympathetic male.

Apr 29, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Sound of the Mountain is reportedly director Mikio Naruse's favorite among his pictures and, to a point, it is easy to see why.

Feb 27, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Yama no oto (Sound of the Mountain)

setsuko hara suffers magnificently for 90 minutes. quite risque subject matter for 1956. lovely soundtrack and beautiful shots, especially the ending, all the more heartbreaking for what's left unsaid. naruse was every bit the master of family drama that ozu was, and as sympathetic with his female characters as mizoguchi. it's a pity he's still so little known in the west and his films largely unavailable on dvd

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