Yogoto no yume (Every Night Dreams) (1933)
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Another of Mikio Naruse's touching and desperate melodrama's concerning a woman who works at a bar to make ends meet for her son and herself. Her ex-husband shows back up in the picture after leaving her three years prior and now is back begging forgiveness and wanting to be a father to his abandoned son. The woman's job is one in which disgraces her recently revived relationship with her ex-husband, and thus begins the rain of a coming storm (symbolically speaking). Suddenly one evening the son is hit by a car and left badly injured, calling for extensive and costly hospital bills in order to recover. (This is a recurring action in several of Naruse's early films.) The ex, not wanting his wife to go and do unspeakable acts in order to get the money, himself resorts to robbing in order to get the money needed. He gives his wife the money needed to help his son, but the wife finds out how he got the money, and is reluctant and ultimately refuses the money. The husband having little choice and feeling guilty and a let down to his family ultimately drowns himself because he can't cope with the world he is a part of. The theme of Naruse's many melodramas is one in which the woman or women characters are often stronger and more resilient than their male counterparts. The woman, often displayed as helpless and unimportant in Japanese culture and film, are the embodiment of strength and survival. Recommended for silent and Japanese film lovers.
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