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39 Ratings


Directed by Mikio Naruse
Japan, 1958


Director Mikio Naruse has admitted to going through a dark period as a younger man and his 1958 film Anzukko (the first he is credited with writing after 1950’s White Beast) seems, in part, his way of dealing with the tortures of his past.

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Anzukko Directed by Mikio Naruse

Critics reviews

It's surprisingly difficult to take the measure of ANZUKKO, despite its clear story and Naruse's unusually simple and transparent directorial approach. Its intelligent script (for the only time in his post-1951 career, Naruse took a writing credit, along with Sumie Tanaka) tosses off compelling behavioral and thematic complexities left and right: problems arise if one tries to parse this data into the causal relationships that create dramatic structure.
June 06, 2016
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