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538 Ratings

Floating Clouds


Directed by Mikio Naruse
Japan, 1955


The film follows Yukiko Koda, a woman who has just returned to Japan from French Indochina. Yukiko seeks out Kengo, with whom she had an affair in Da Lat during the war.

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Floating Clouds Directed by Mikio Naruse

Critics reviews

Beautiful cuts that link actions into and out of flashback (such as the kisses early in the film), and though the film is not entirely constructed out of the flashback structure, Floating Clouds still existed four years before Resnais’s Hiroshima mon amour, which I broach not for nothing given this earlier film’s relative naïveté and unregistered troglodyte effectiveness.
April 19, 2017
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Like Ford’s THE SEARCHERS, FLOATING CLOUDS is the film of its director that goes a little further than the others, that achieves a mysterious intensity of expression… The project is haunted by what Catherine Russell calls “the implicit memory of wartime as a kind of utopian paradise”; a similar theme flitted through Naruse’s film of Kawabata’s DANCING GIRL, but this time the integration of concept with drama and mise-en-scene is impeccable.
June 06, 2016
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The structure is epic, almost Bollywood, taking in several years and criss-crossing Japan for locations, the pathos at the end thoroughly earned.
May 12, 2015
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