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The range of Japanese films the Tyneside Cinema is showing is staggering, and this is another great choice by the Japan Foundation.  The 89th and final product of legendary filmmaker Mikio Naruse’s career, Scattered Clouds follows the theme of hopelessness so common in his films.

Perhaps because he knew he was dying, Naruse excelled himself in this heart-wrenching tale of a recently married girl distraught at the sudden death of her husband.  The man responsible for her pain soon becomes an important figure in her life for an entirely different reason, leaving her with an impossible dilemma.  Despite being made in 1960s Japan, the timeless tragedy of this tale permeates all generations, even accounting for the strong sense of duty and guilt that is so prevalent in Japanese society.

Visually this film is endearing; shot in tohoscope, basically widescreen black & white, you will be caught up in the melodrama of love and desperation from the very first scene.  As with all the ‘It only happens in the movies’ series showing at the Tyneside, this is a one-off opportunity to see some classic Japanese cinema.

Scattered Clouds screens at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle on Wednesday 18th March.

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