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295 Ratings



Directed by Mikio Naruse
Japan, 1964


A grocer continues to operate her husband’s business long after he has killed himself. Her brother-in-law has been in love with her for ages. Eventually she gives in and a romance blooms until she suddenly rejects him in favor of her husband’s memory.

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Yearning Directed by Mikio Naruse

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

1964 | Winner: Best Actress (Silver Sail)


Critics reviews

All quibbles are forgiven with the celebrated final closeup of the stricken Reiko. With Ichiro Saito’s remarkable score shifting mysteriously from full-on emotion to an oddly placid, melancholy distance, we see the anguish drain from Reiko’s face a bit at a time, replaced by a joyless calm – and then a shock cut to “The End” as Saito’s score goes ominously minor. The effect recalls the desolation of the ending of VERTIGO: Naruse gets to have his melodrama and undercut it too.
June 06, 2016
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