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A rare period film from Naruse.
Not so rare as that arsaib, he made maybe a half dozen or so? I would have to double check. In a filmography as big as his, I suppose that’s rare, but he certainly made a small bunch. They got rarer from the 1950s on though, which makes this film pretty unusual.
Well, let’s see: The Song Lantern, A Tale of Archery at the Sanjusangendo, Tsuruhachi and Tsurujiro, Untamed (set in the Taishō era), Floating Clouds… and Anzukko, if I’m not mistaken. I think that’s rare enough, especially considering, as you stated, his filmography.
Extremely evocative shot. Thanks for this, it’s spurring me to restart my exploration of Naruse.
You won’t be sorry, Jack! Thanks for putting that list together, arsaib.

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