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A Hen in the Wind

風の中の牝鶏 | Kaze no naka no mendori

Geregisseerd door Yasujirô Ozu
Japan, 1948
Drama

Samenvatting

A man returns from World War II to find his desperate wife has resorted to one night of prostitution to pay for their son’s hospital bills.

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A Hen in the Wind Geregisseerd door Yasujirô Ozu
Hen contains solitary people, whether isolated in close-up or walking alone, who want to break their solitude to help each other, but believe that they can only go so far. Throughout, it is suggested that Japanese society has repressed people so thoroughly that they have grown expert at punishing themselves.
March 06, 2013
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What’s different here [compared to Ozu’s more well-known films] is that the film’s sense of defeat—which forms a powerful subtext in most of his films in this period—is right on the surface. Hen has a way of illuminating the despair of Ozu’s other movies: I think, for instance, of the strained relationships between Chishu Ryu and his grown children in Tokyo Story, which hints at a history of abuse but never articulates it.
August 14, 2012
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The film is a display of controlled fury, as Ozu and his dignified leads navigate some of the most uncomfortable scenes Ozu has filmed, climaxing in an act of domestic violence unprecedented in his oeuvre. Despite its director’s trademark placidness, the film gazes deeply into an unresolved emotional vortex of sex, guilt, honor and devotion.
August 10, 2012
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