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207 Ratings



Directed by Mikio Naruse
Japan, 1956


Adapted from a book by Kodo Aya, Rika is a widow whose dire financial circumstances force her to take a housemaid assignment in a failing Tokyo geisha house. Naruse then reveals, through Rika’s eyes, the mistress’s valiant struggles to keep the house from regressing into a brothel or a restaurant.

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Flowing Directed by Mikio Naruse

Critics reviews

Leisurely in its development of a multi-branched narrative, FLOWING gradually becomes deeply impressive through an accumulation of observations and perspectives… One of the film’s best scenes, in which Yoneko’s little daughter Fujiko (Natsuko Matsuyama) must get an injection, shows off Naruse’s skill at using decoupage to shift emphasis.
June 06, 2016
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As a director who made his name creating ’women’s films’ around a working class milieu, Flowing serves as an excellent example of a Naruse film par excellence, straddling the full gamut of his usual preoccupations.
June 13, 2015
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