It Only Happens in the Movies?

Japanese Cinema and Encounters

30 January to 26 March 2015

Belfast
Birmingham
Bristol
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Dundee
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London
Newcastle upon Tyne
Nottingham
Sheffield

Scattered Clouds

乱れ雲 (Midaregumo)

Newlywed Yumiko (Yoko Tsukasa) is suddenly widowed when her husband is killed in a traffic accident. The driver responsible is a company worker called Shiro (Yuzo Kayama) who though found innocent is so distraught that he begs for her forgiveness and offers financial aid. Despite her conflicting feelings, Yumiko finds herself in the middle of a dramatic, doomed and unexpected love story when she inadvertently begins falling deeply in love with Shiro.

This classic film, shot in beautiful colour Tohoscope, is tied together by a series of meetings and partings in which the characters are bound by a sense of guilt and duty to each other. With a distinguished career of 89 films to his name, this melodrama was to be Mikio Naruse’s last cinematic offering. An embodiment of his masterful style, this film that tells a story of desire and escape, remains timeless.

Showing at: ICA, London; QUAD, Derby; Watershed, Bristol; Filmhouse, Edinburgh; QFT, Belfast; Showroom Cinema, Sheffield; Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne; Broadway Cinema, Nottingham.

Distributor: Toho

Images © 1967 Toho Co., Ltd.

Director: Mikio Naruse
Yoko Tsukasa, Yuzo Kayama, Mitsuko Kusabue, Mitsuko Mori, Mie Hama
1967, 108min, English subtitles

Showing at:

ICA
15 February 2001

Queen's Film Theatre
15 March 2008

QUAD
15 February 2015

Showroom Cinema
15 March 2015

Tyneside Cinema
15 March 2018

Watershed
15 February 2021

Broadway
15 March 2022

Filmhouse
15 February 2027