Trains, like boats, snake through Kinoshita's screenscapes as carriers of memory and destiny. In Distant Clouds, a young man, Ryoichi (Keiji Sata) disembarks at his hometown for a short visit before being sent away to a new job. A dinner toast--"Are we to be happy or sad?"--sets the tone for an elegant, stylishly melancholy love story between Ryoichi and Keizo (Hideko Takamine), a young widow with whom he attempts to revive a former passion. But Keizo, her desires suppressed by years of living with her late husband's family, hears the buzz of local scandal-mongers in their mountain village-turned Peyton Place. Kinoshita exploits the setting of the old castle town of Takayama to beautiful effect in an ironic and sometimes wrenching meeting of the old and the new--of costume ceremonies and hip fifties jazz, of processions and cars, of close architectural framing that suddenly gives way to a long-shot of a burgeoning metropolis, of "false sentimentality" that ages women before their time. Also known as The Tattered Wings.
Distant Clouds-Toi Kumo 遠い雲 (1955) NTSC DVD5 - No subs
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048731/
Director: Keisuke Kinoshita
Source: DVD5 Retail
DVD Format: NTSC
DVD Size: DVD5
Programs Used: DVD Decrypter
Screen Format: Widescreen
Audio Language: Japanese
Audio Format: DD 2.0
DVD Extras: Untouched
Uploader's Comments: Released in Japan as part of the Kinoshita 100th Anniversary series.
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