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20 Ratings


Directed by Hiroshi Shimizu
Japan, 1940


Renowned actress/singer Takamine Mieko stars as titular heroine Nobuko, a spirited young teacher working in a conservative school. Based on a novel by Shishi Bunroku, the film follows her experiences as she challenges the school with her liberal thinking and teaching methods.

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Nobuko Directed by Hiroshi Shimizu

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  • Holyphool's rating of the film Nobuko

    A film of such gracious humanity, dealing with a country teacher's experience in an all girl's school in Tokyo that explores moral, sexual and psychological themes. Mieko Takamine is a vulnerable but strong woman who suffers abuse from a young pupil. Sublime endless tracking shots of the girls searching and crying out for their lost friend on a country riverbank are amongst some of Shimizu's most haunting sequences.

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