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Naruse, Ranked

by Sean Harmer
An incomplete ranking of the Naruse films I’ve seen so far. Akira Kurosawa called Naruse’s style of medlodrama, “Like a great river with a calm surface and a raging current in its depths”. Naruse is known as particularly exemplifying the Japanese concept of mono no aware, the awareness of the transience of things, and a gentle sadness at their passing. Because of his focus on family drama and the intersection of traditional and modern Japanese culture, his films are frequently compared with the works of Yasujirō Ozu. His reputation is just behind Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Ozu in Japan and internationally; his work remains less… Read more

An incomplete ranking of the Naruse films I’ve seen so far.

Akira Kurosawa called Naruse’s style of medlodrama, “Like a great river with a calm surface and a raging current in its depths”. Naruse is known as particularly exemplifying the Japanese concept of mono no aware, the awareness of the transience of things, and a gentle sadness at their passing. Because of his focus on family drama and the intersection of traditional and modern Japanese culture, his films are frequently compared with the works of Yasujirō Ozu. His reputation is just behind Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Ozu in Japan and internationally; his work remains less well known outside Japan than theirs."

Japanese Cinema
Kurosawa, Ranked
Mizoguchi, Ranked
Ozu, Ranked
Ichikawa, Ranked

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