Kokoro (Masters of Cinema) DVD
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Directed by Kon Ichikawa
Produced in 1955
Main Language - Japanese
Brimful with brooding psychological torment, Kokoro is vintage Ichikawa (An Actor’s Revenge, The Burmese Harp, Tokyo Olympiad). Based on the novel of the same name by Natsume Soseki, the director foregrounds themes of individual isolation and social estrangement, most notably in a central protagonist stricken by existential demons and stranded by changing times. Why does Nobuchi visit the grave of his old friend Kaji? Why is he so secretive with his wife Shizu? And how does Nobuchi’s friendship with the young student Hioki – for whom the older man acts as reluctant sensei – relate to his time with Kaji? As the Meiji Era draws to a close with the emperor’s death and the suicide of General Nogi, a fateful tale of tainted love, failed friendship, and redemptive honour unravels with tragic consequences.
Why does Nobuchi visit the grave of his old friend Kaji? Why is he so secretive with his wife Shizu? And how does Nobuchi's friendship with the young student Hioki relate to his time with Kaji? As the Meiji Era draws to a close with the emperor's death and the suicide of General Nogi, a fateful tale of tainted love, failed friendship, and redemptive honour unravels with tragic consequences.
Publisher: Eureka / Masters of Cinema
Length: 121 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Cat No: EKA40301
Format: DVD B&W
Subtitles: English (optional)
- New high definition digital transfer
- New and improved optional English subtitles
- A lavish 48-page booklet with archival publicity stills, a newly written essay by Tony Rayns, and an extended interview with Kon Ichikawa by Yuki Mori.