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Floating Clouds (1955)

Ukigumo (original title)
A tragic social drama set in post war Japan and concerns a lonely woman trying to find purpose and stability in a devastated Tokyo.

Director:

Mikio Naruse

Writers:

Fumiko Hayashi (novel), Yôko Mizuki (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hideko Takamine ... Yukiko Koda
Masayuki Mori ... Kengo Tomioka
Mariko Okada Mariko Okada ... Sei Mukai
Isao Yamagata ... Sugio Iba
Chieko Nakakita Chieko Nakakita ... Kuniko Tomioka
Daisuke Katô Daisuke Katô ... Seikichi Mukai
Mayuri Mokushô Mayuri Mokushô ... Nomiya no musume
Noriko Sengoku Noriko Sengoku ... Yakushima no okaasan
Fuyuki Murakami Fuyuki Murakami ... Futsuin no shikensho-chou
Heihachirô Ôkawa Heihachirô Ôkawa ... Isha
Nobuo Kaneko ... Futsuin no shoin - Suitou
Roy James Roy James ... American soldier (as Roi H. Jêmusu)
Kan Hayashi Kan Hayashi
Akira Tani Akira Tani ... Shinja
Seijirô Onda Seijirô Onda
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A tragic social drama set in post war Japan and concerns a lonely woman trying to find purpose and stability in a devastated Tokyo.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

6 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nubes flotantes See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A Nutshell Review: Floating Clouds
24 August 2008 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

If you're looking for a movie that deals with clingy relationships, then Floating Clouds is without a doubt a movie that fits the bill to a T. Directed by Naruse Mikio and based upon the novel by Fumiko Hayashi, the female character in the movie will bring back memories of those who have had to deal with such stifling clinging, and well, for those who do act as such, a stark and accurate portrayal that would be akin to holding up a mirror and looking at oneself.

Hideko Takamine put up a commendable, if not personally what I deem as a remarkably irritating performance as Yukiko Koda, a woman perhaps with little self-esteem and respect, who decided to sacrifice an entire forest for one singular tree. Being sent to Indochina during WWII, she chances upon Kengo Tomioka (Masayuki Mori), and while he seemed to be prim and proper, and not giving her a second glance, soon they fall in love with each other, one despite having a wife back home, and the other, knowingly being the other woman.

But when the war ends and they get repatriated back to Japan, she looks him up, only to discover that he will not leave his wife, nor to rekindle their passion started in a foreign land. To make things worse, she discovers he's quite the cad, and to compound the problem, her insecurities and her paranoia makes you wonder why she can't afford to sever ties. It's one thing being made to suffer from unrequited love, but it's another if you are made to suffer deliberately, and bear witness to the insincerity of the other party. Running slightly over 2 hours, it does take its time to showcase the sorry state that Yukiko undergoes.

You can't really find fault with Naruse Mikio's direction of the movie - the handling of the narrative structure in the first act was deft, with the transition of time seamless, and the actors do their job to allow you to connect with their characters. However, like I mentioned, perhaps Yukiko Koda did such a fine job, that for me I found her to be a tad too irritating, even for my liking.


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