• Japan
  • 1934
  • 88 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  •  

Mikio Naruse’s final silent film is a gloriously rich portrait of a waitress, Sugiko, whose life, despite a host of male admirers and even some intrigued movie talent scouts, ends up taking a suffocatingly domestic turn after a wealthy businessman accidentally hits her with his car. Featuring vividly drawn characters and bold political commentary, Street Without End is the grandly entertaining silent melodrama with which Naruse arrived at the brink of the sound era.

Cast

SugikoSetsuko Shinobu
Sugiko’s brotherAkio Isono
YamanouchiHikaru Yamanouchi
Sugiko’s sisterNobuko Wakaba
Sugiko’s motherFumiko Katsuragi
ArtistShinichi Himori
KesakoChiyoko Katori
HaradaIchiro Yuki

Credits

DirectorMikio Naruse
Based on a novel byKomatsu Kitamura
ScreenplayTomizo Ikeda
CinematographySuketaro Inokai
Production designJokichi Shu

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Eclipse Series 26: Silent Naruse

By Michael Koresky March 21, 2011

LIVING ROOM The cinema of Mikio Naruse is one of heartbreak but also one of indomitable poise. Melodrama is the director’s stock-in-trade. His stories are inhabited by people, generally women, . . . Read more »