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Nadare (1937)

Avalanche is a study of a one-year marriage that begins to crumble. A married man is torn between the love of his wife, and the attraction to a cousin of his wife.

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Mikio Naruse
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Cast

Cast overview:
Hideo Saeki Hideo Saeki ... Gorô Kusaka
Ranko Edogawa Ranko Edogawa ... Yayoi Ema
Noboru Kiritachi Noboru Kiritachi ... Fukiko Yokoda
Yô Shiomi Yô Shiomi ... Gorô's Father
Yuriko Hanabusa Yuriko Hanabusa ... Gorô's Mother
Sadao Maruyama Sadao Maruyama ... Fukiko's Father
Masao Mishima Masao Mishima ... Lawyer Koyanagi
Akira Ubukata Akira Ubukata ... Keisuke, Yayoi's older brother
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Avalanche is a study of a one-year marriage that begins to crumble. A married man is torn between the love of his wife, and the attraction to a cousin of his wife.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 July 1937 (Japan) See more »

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Avalanche See more »

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P.C.L. Eiga Seisaku-jo See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Mikio Naruse's assistant director on this film is none other than Godzilla director 'Ishiro Honda', and the film's Third Assistant Director was a man who would go on to be arguably Japan's most well known director of all time: Akira Kurosawa. See more »

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Naruse Tackles Sound and Loses
11 May 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Hideo Saeki wants to divorce meek, uninteresting Noboru Kiritachi so he can be with Ranko Edogawa; not for him the antiquated hypocrisy of pretending to monogamy while keeping a mistress. He knows what he knows and must be true to himself. His father tells him that a man has responsibilities and knowing things is not the same thing as understanding them.

Naruse's drama has definite Brechtian overtones in which thoughts and ideas are at war with systems. Like many a Brecht piece, it is all about ideas and talk talk talk, and this movie shows that Naruse has gone full talkie mode. He tries to disguise this with a lot of moving shots, in which two people hold long, philosophical conversations while walking along a street or through a forest, but he doesn't succeed with his unlikable characters doing selfish things. Many directors who were talented in the silent era, when confronted with sound, floundered, and here Naruse, despite his efforts to keep things moving, doesn't succeed.

You might wish to see this out of a sense of completeness, nonetheless. Not only is Naruse coming back into focus these days as a talented and worthy director, but his First Assistant Director is on this movie is Ishiro Honda, better known as the director of GODZILLA and the frequent A.D. of Akira Kurosawa. Kurosawa is only the Third Assistant Director of this movie.


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