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179 Ratings

Late Chrysanthemums


Directed by Mikio Naruse
Japan, 1954


With delicate, unobtrusive strokes, Naruse evokes both the humor and bitterness of his characters’ dilemmas, in this bleak, compelling poignant portrait of a quartet of aging geishas contemplating their troubles with men and money.

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Late Chrysanthemums Directed by Mikio Naruse

Critics reviews

In the case of Naruse’s masterpiece Late Chrysanthemums (1954), what’s most impressive isn’t its fatalism or resignation but its energy and vivid portraiture.
February 24, 2006
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A quiet and assured film, but to my mind something short of the masterpiece that it is generally reckoned to be… Naruse avoids a sentimental climax and stays true to Kin’s character with his depiction of her ill-fated infatuation with Tabe: one senses that she is even relieved to relegate him to the same lowly status as most of the people in her life. But this refusal of the conventional path to empathy leaves Kin a collection of unattractive behaviors and mannerisms.
June 06, 2016
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