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Image of the Day. Unrequited Love #2

Samurai retainer Gohei (Tomoemon Otani) sleeps while watching over his ill mistress, Okuni (Michiyo Kogure) in Mikio Naruse's Okuni to Gohei (1952); cinemagraphy by Kazuo Yamada.

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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.
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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.
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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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