• Japan
  • 1941
  • 71 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  •  

Two bruised souls enact a tender, hesitant romance in Hiroshi Shimizu’s alternately poignant and playful wartime love story. A soldier (Chishu Ryu) is forced to prolong his stay at a rural spa when he accidentally cuts his foot on the titular object. Soon enough he tracks down its lovely owner (Kinuyo Tanaka) and finds himself smitten.

Credits

DirectorHiroshi Shimizu
ScreenplayKihan Nagase
Based on the story “Yottsu no Yubune” byMasuji Ibuse
CinematographySuketaro Inokai
Art directionIsamu Motoki
MusicTakaaki Asai
SoundKoichi Nakamura

Film Essays

Eclipse Series 15: Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu

By Michael Koresky March 16, 2009

JAPANESE GIRLS AT THE HARBOR: MAN OF THE PEOPLE It’s a fitting irony that director Hiroshi Shimizu preferred to make films about outsiders, since within the expanse of Japanese cinema history, . . . Read more »

News

Kinuyo Tanaka: 100 Years, 100-Plus Movies

October 27, 2009

This month marks the centenary of Kinuyo Tanaka, one of Japan’s most prolific actors as well as a director in her own right. In honor of the occasion, Tokyo’s National Museum of Modern Art is . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Getting to Know Shimizu

April 01, 2009

More cheers for the rediscovery of Hiroshi Shimizu, in Eclipse Series 15, come from IFC.com’s Michael Atkinson (“Criterion does it again, rescuing a major filmmaker from the quicksand of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Eclipse Series 15: Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu

By Michael Koresky March 16, 2009

JAPANESE GIRLS AT THE HARBOR: MAN OF THE PEOPLE It’s a fitting irony that director Hiroshi Shimizu preferred to make films about outsiders, since within the expanse of Japanese cinema history, . . . Read more »


Clippings

Shining a Light on Shimizu

March 16, 2009

Dave Kehr heralds the rediscovery of “the oceanic depth and diversity of Japanese cinema” in recent years, “thanks in no small part to home video,” in a lovely New York Times piece on the latest . . . Read more »