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Tsuruhachi and Tsurujiro

Tsuruhachi Tsurujiro

Directed by Mikio Naruse
Japan, 1938


Almost a caricature of the classic backstage story of the stars who battle even though “they’re made for each other” — this time with duo legends Isuzu Yamada and Kazuo Hasegawa — but with an emotional restraint rare even for Japanese films of the period.

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Tsuruhachi and Tsurujiro Directed by Mikio Naruse

Critics reviews

Regarded at the time as a comeback film for Naruse, TSURUHACHI AND TSURUJIRO strikes me as a partial achievement, another tentative step in the director’s tightrope act following the high-water mark of 1935… The story concept is so unusual for Naruse, who generally has a more pervasive and entropic vision of conflict, that I needed a few viewings to realize how many odd vibrations he creates within this unfamiliar framework.
June 06, 2016
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