Manager of a beauty salon in Sapporo, Yuriko leaves on a trip with her lover Sugino. Yuriko tells him that she wants to break up with him. Convinced that there is another man, consumed by jealousy, Sugino decides to kill her by Shikotsuko lake. But Yuriko tells him she is pregnant … –Centre Pompidou
A legendary figure of the postwar Japanese cinema, Yoshishige Yoshida (b. 1933) is one of Japan’s most artistically ambitious, politically astute and influential filmmakers. Yoshida is best known for his work with the spellbinding Mariko Okada (b. 1934), one of the most beloved and celebrated actresses of her generation, and one of the great stars of the Japanese New Wave. Working together with Okada, Yoshida created an incredible body of films unparalleled for their formal sophistication, philosophical depth and sheer beauty. Underappreciated in this country, Yoshida is rightly considered in Japan and Europe, and especially France, among the preeminent masters of the modern Japanese art film.
Yoshida’s first passion, and the focus of his studies at Tokyo University, was French existential philosophy and literature, a training which deeply informs the intellectual rigor of his subsequent film work and later writing on film and art. By chance, or destiny, Yoshida was drawn into… read more
The closest Yoshida gets to "cute". A lot of people seem to think this film is made up of "abstract characters in minimalist situations". I actually think the characters are conventional, it's the situations that are abstract. That's what we learn from most Yoshida films, even those that are "normal" can reach levels of psychological disarray, if only placed in the right conditions.