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Midareru (Yearning) (1964) Mikio Naruse; Hideko Takamine, Yuzo Kayama
Midareru (Yearning) (1964) Mikio Naruse; Hideko Takamine, Yuzo Kayama


 
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This is a region-free DVD-R without case or artwork.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

At first, "Yearning" appears to be a typically late-Narusian offering, a low-key and observational drama that obsessively details Reiko’s day-to-day routines. In addition to keeping her small business afloat, Reiko must deal with her meddling in-laws, who have their minds set on selling the grocery store, and also attend to Koji, who inexplicably indulges in a rebellious cycle of petty crime and violence. One of Naruse’s great talents is in making the mundane mysterious so when Koji declares, seemingly out of nowhere, that he’s been in love with Reiko for years, it takes more than a few moments to acclimate to the film’s suddenly malleable emotional terrain, even though, in retrospect, it makes perfect psychological sense.

It’s a shock to witness how charged and raw the duo become after Koji’s admission, and Naruse’s camera, under the guiding eye of cinematographer Jun Yasumoto, never blinks, maintaining a harsh, voyeuristic presence as the characters move, like increasingly frenzied celestial bodies, through a space made unfamiliar because of a naked confessional moment.

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Powerful late Naruse March 10, 2018
Reviewer: Dean Brierly from Studio City, CA United States  
Hideko Takamine stars as Reiko, a war widow running her late husband's small grocery in the face of a competing supermarket that threatens to undercut the business, while also coping with the machinations of her avaricious sisters-in-law and fending off the amorous attentions of her husband’s younger brother. The combined pressures exert gradual yet profound changes to Reiko’s self-sacrificing nature, most significantly in matters of the heart, yet her plan to reinvent her life by returning to her hometown leads to devastating consequences. The film’s final half hour is one of the most moving in cinema history.

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Recent Purchase February 17, 2016
Reviewer: Thomas DeRoberto from Paramus, NJ United States  
Excellent product and service!

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