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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.


Mikio Naruse


Fumiko Hayashi (novel), Yôko Mizuki (adaptation)
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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 ... Kuniko Tomioka
Daisuke Katô ... Seikichi Mukai
Mayuri Mokushô Mayuri Mokushô ... Nomiya no musume
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 ... Religious sect teacher
Akira Tani Akira Tani ... Shinja
Seijirô Onda Seijirô Onda ... Marutaka motor manager


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Romance


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Ranked number 95 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018. See more »


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You Can't Fight Fate
25 July 2009 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

This is a story about a couple who met in French Indo-China working for the Forestry Department for Japan. The story is ultimately about the time they spend once they return to Japan, which is somewhat tumultuous, as her is married. They do not spend the whole film together, at times Tomioka is with his wife and he even leaves Yukiko for another still younger woman, Osei. If this sounds like a tear-jerking soap opera, it kind of is. However, the movie is a powerful tale of love, betrayal and obsession. The beautiful Hideko Takamine (at times, I don't think she was ever more beautiful in a film) is excellent in a very challenging role, conjuring raw emotions often. At times you are torn between them even wanting to be together and I think that is what gives the film its compelling nature. If you are not fond of heavy drama, this is not your film. I feel the acting is superb (again, especially Ms. Takamine) and the story very watchable. Another great film by Mikio Naruse.

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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