1 user

The Rendezvous (1972)

Yakusoku (original title)
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A married woman lets her lover take naked pictures of her. The photos end up in possession of a man who starts blackmailing the couple.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Mariko Okada, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi, Tamotsu Hayakawa
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

During the first World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay
Red Angel (1966)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

During the Sino-Japanese War, a young army nurse gives sympathy to her patients and falls in love with an impotent doctor who's addicted to morphine.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura
Stars: Ayako Wakao, Shinsuke Ashida, Yûsuke Kawazu
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This movie is about Estonian freedom. How Estonian schoolboys fought against Soviet Union soldiers and won freedom in 1918.

Director: Elmo Nüganen
Stars: Priit Võigemast, Indrek Sammul, Hele Kõre
Muddy River (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two boys, whose parents ply their trade by the mouth of a muddy river in Osaka, become close friends. The two families' "businesses" are in fact dining and prostitution. When Nobou, the ... See full summary »

Director: Kôhei Oguri
Stars: Takahiro Tamura, Mariko Kaga, Nobutaka Asahara
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Set in a single hotel room of an old hotel, the story follows its various guests over the years as well as the maid and the manager, who work in the hotel. Secrets are revealed and lives often ruined.

Director: Igor Ivanov Izi
Stars: Natasha Petrovic, Jovica Mihajlovski, Svetozar Cvetkovic
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Just after WW2, a romance between an innkeeper and a man with tuberculosis unravels near a thermal spring.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Mariko Okada, Hiroyuki Nagato, Sô Yamamura
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Setsuko is unhappily to Mimura, an engineer with no job and a bad drinking habit. She had always been in love with Hiroshi but both of them failed to propose when Hiroshi left for France a ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Hideko Takamine, Ken Uehara
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A 20-year-old woman grows into maturity while hiking the 88-temple pilgrimage around Shikoku.

Director: Kôichi Saitô
Stars: Yôko Takahashi, Kyôko Kishida, Hideo Sunazuka
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Kôichi Saitô
Bokyo (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Kôichi Saitô
Stars: Ken Tanaka, Keiko Takeshita, Kentaro Akizuki
Suspicion (1982)
Drama | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Yoshitarô Nomura
Stars: Kaori Momoi, Shima Iwashita, Akira Emoto


Cast overview:
Keiko Kishi ...
Woman on parole
Ken'ichi Hagiwara ...
Yoshie Minami ...
Rentarô Mikuni ...
Jin Nakayama
Taiji Tonoyama


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

29 March 1972 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Das Rendezvous  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Remake of Late Autumn (1966) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Think of it as 'Brief Encounter', but with criminals
12 October 2010 | by (Oxford, UK) – See all my reviews

To the accompaniment of an instantly memorable score that sounds a little like something Dave Grusin might have conjured up from the same early 70's period, an attractive middle-aged woman (Keiko Kishi, Robert Mitchum's love in 'The Yakuza') sits alone on a park bench watching the world go by - children at play, couples arm in arm strolling past. At the end of the film we'll come back to this scene & understand its significance but after this bewitching opening we're on a train journey along the coast of snowy, northern Japan. Onboard is the mysterious woman we've just seen in the park. A young man joins the train & tries to engage her in conversation. It transpires that the woman is on the way to visit the grave of her recently deceased mother. Accompanying her is a stern faced older woman whom she enigmatically refers to as 'My guardian.' When two cops bring a handcuffed prisoner on board & we flashback to a shot of Keiko herself in handcuffs we begin to get a sense of what's going on. But there's more than one offender here & as attraction between the pair begins to grow the stage is set for a tragedy that will take us back to that sad & lonely woman in the park.

This largely train set romantic thriller, famous in Japan if largely unknown outside of it, won't win over the impatient viewer but for those who can cope with films that emphasise character & mood over plot, this melancholy, consistently engrossing study of two societal outcasts who connect builds to a knockout emotional punch & offers the pleasure of two terrific performances. Much of the appeal is due to Keiko Kishi's fabulous performance as the woman with a secret. Watching a smile flit across her face only to see it replaced almost instantly by one of sadness, to watch the young man (Hagiwara Kenichi, excellent) in his awkward, boyish enthusiasm trying to win her over, or to see her struggle with his offer of escape when their train is halted by a landslide, is both compelling & heartbreaking.

Although performance-wise the film is basically a two-hander there's notable support from Yoshie Minami in a near wordless turn as Keiko's guardian, one who watches the growing friendship between the young man & her charge with silent disapproval.

The Rendezvous is greatly aided by Saito Koichi's direction, a loose limbed, New Wave-ish approach that utilises long takes in real locations, hand-held camera, jump-cuts, what looks like lots of sequences shot in low/natural light & often drops the accompanying sound in favour of the score. The snowy locations are an appropriately bleak setting. The mood here is not unlike Jean-Pierre Melville at his most fatalistic & melancholy. Indeed, this Japanese film has a distinctly European vibe. Of special note is the wonderful score by Miagawa Yasushi. A great pity there's no soundtrack release because if more movie music fans were aware of Yasushi's score, presented here in a variety of arrangements from lushly emotional to trendy urban chic, they'd be snapping it up. It's a very memorable melody.

'The Rendezvous' really is the kind of film Criterion or Masters of Cinema should pick up. No doubt they've been trying. Perhaps it's the inevitable 'rights issues'? At any rate, if you can find it (and it's only currently available from Hong Kong suppliers in a scratchy full frame crop with basic English subs) highly recommended. It's not just a sad love story with a wonderful performance from its luminous leading lady, it's downright haunting.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Rendezvous (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: