Keisuke KINOSHITA 木下恵介


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The chronicle of a poor peasant family in 16th-century Japan: In an era of civil wars, Sozo and his brothers enter the service of the TAKEDA clan to escape poverty. THE RIVER FUEFUKI is an antithesis to the action-packed samurai films of its time. With its striking play of colors, this is one of Keisuke KINOSHITA’s most spectacular and formally daring works.


日本 1960

117 分


木下恵介 Shichiro FUKAZAWAの小説を基に

Hiroshi KUSUDA


About Keisuke KINOSHITA

Keisuke KINOSHITA (1912–1998) is considered one of the most important Japanese directors. Starting in 1943, he made popular dramas, comedies, romances, ghost stories and noir films for Studio Shochiku, finding strong images even within conventions. After ARMY (1944), he was not allowed to work until the end of World War II. From 1945 on, the tension between the past and the hope for a new beginning was his central theme. The suffering, responsibility, and moral challenge of the individual are at the heart of many of his dramas. KINOSHITA’s rejection of feudal, militaristic Japan is clearly visible. With CARMEN COMES HOME (1951), he brought the first Japanese color film to the cinema, a summer comedy with serious overtones. KINOSHITA, who also repeatedly addressed the contrast between country and city, is considered the central humanist of post-war Japanese cinema. His sensitively-portrayed characters and their fates continue to touch audiences today.