A WIFE’S HEART
Directed by Mikio Naruse
Starring Toshirō Mifune, Hideko Takamine, Keiju Kobayashi
35mm print courtesy Japan Foundation. Approx. 98 min.
Introduction by Aaron Gerow, A. Whitney Griswold Professor of East Asian Languages & Literatures and Film & Media Studies
Mifune as romantic lead? Every time hard-working wife Hideko Takamine (Floating Clouds, When A Woman Ascends the Stairs) raises enough yen for that coffee shop, her family scarfs it; but visiting bank loan officer Toshirō, here sharply dressed, may have the answer. The intensity of the chemistry between the superstars becomes, without a word or a touch, almost palpable.
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