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119 Ratings



Directed by Mikio Naruse
Japan, 1952


The story of Kiyoko, a young woman who has successfully managed to make a break with her dysfunctional family who have been trying to arrange a marriage for her with a disagreeable man whom she has rejected.

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Lightning Directed by Mikio Naruse

Critics reviews

The most perfect and moving of Naruse’s family dramas… Though Naruse’s rhythms in LIGHTNING are contemplative, with an unusual number of fades to black that divide the story into movements, the film’s content and performances evoke the family’s underclass status with a physicality verging on vulgarity.
June 06, 2016
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