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Yûzô Kawashima's Post-War Japan
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The Balloon


Directed by Yûzô Kawashima
Japan, 1956
Yûzô Kawashima's Post-War Japan


Haruki Murakami is a successful family man and the head of a camera company. Unbeknownst to Murakami, his arrogant son oscillates between a mistress and a new lover who sings at a nightclub. When Murakami’s disabled daughter befriends the mistress, the affair throws the family into turmoil.

Our take

Adapted from novelist Jiro Osaragi (Ozu’s The Munekata Sisters) by Kawashima and Shohei Imamura, this is a beautifully told multi-character drama of post-war Japanese morality: old guard and new, gender divisions, the struggle to live and the benefits of wealth. That is to say: A modern picture.

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