A Japanese Tragedy

日本の悲劇 (Nihon no higeki)

Having lost her husband in the war, Haruko (Yuko Mochizuki) struggles to bring up her ungrateful materialistic-minded son and daughter. Despite her countless sacrifices, including selling her land and even her body, her now grown-up children reject their mother, driving her to despair.

Directed by Keisuke Kinoshita, considered to be one of the most important directors of the Golden Age of Japanese cinema in the 1950s, this film is a bleak portrait of post war Japan through the story of a mother’s self-sacrifice. Through masterfully interspersing his film with verité-styled flashbacks and newsreel footage, Kinoshita creates an insightful account of the personal toll of war and the slow, painful process of recovery.


監督: 木下惠介
出演: 望月優子、桂木洋子、佐田啓二

Distributor: Shochiku

Image © 1953 Shochiku Co., Ltd.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita
Yuko Mochizuki, Yoko Katsuragi, Masami Taura
1953, 116 min, English subtitles

Showing at:

16 February 2007

16 February 2014

Phoenix Leicester
16 March 2015

Showroom Cinema
16 February 2021

16 March 2023

16 February 2026