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Okuni and Gohei

Okuni to Gohei

Directed by Mikio Naruse
Japan, 1952


An adaptation of a Tanizaki play set in the Edo period.

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Okuni and Gohei Directed by Mikio Naruse

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  • Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film Okuni and Gohei

    One of Naruse's completely unknown masterpieces, a period flick about an aristocratic woman who roams the countryside with her loyal servant (who is in love with her) seeking revenge for the death of her husband - whom she didn't even particularly like. The years have passed, she hasn't found the man, she is sick of it all. But society decrees that she can't return home until mission's accomplished. Terrific.

  • Gondo's rating of the film Okuni and Gohei

    What profound sadness it is in life that we can't seem to look past our pride, for it will destroy the only love and happiness we ever came to knew. A tragic tale with a final confrontation that is not about swords clashing against each other but words that cut deeper than any blade ever could.

  • Holyphool's rating of the film Okuni and Gohei

    Naruse's humanism is to the fore in this plangent heart-felt document of an intense relationship between a noble woman and her samurai aid as they travel a landscape searching to revenge her ex-lover who killed her husband. The intimacy of a love only glimpsed causes both to suffer as the woman's health deteriorates and within that Naruse elevates the film onto a higher level of profound sadness, loss, and death....

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