• There’s less than a month left in our 101 Days of Summer series on Hulu. If you’ve been checking back regularly, you’ve been treated to wonderful films from around the world, many of them rarely seen on home video, in theaters, or online before this. And every Friday, we’ve been introducing you to a film still unavailable from Criterion in any disc format. Fans of 1950s Japanese melodramas will adore today’s pick: Shiro Toyoda’s 1953 Wild Geese.

    Starring the always touching Hideko Takamine (When a Woman Ascends the Stairs), Wild Geese, set in the late nineteenth century, follows the travails of a young woman who must support her father by becoming the mistress of a middle-aged man; meanwhile, she finds herself falling in love with a student closer to her own age. This masterfully made, aching drama was based on a hugely popular novel by Ogai Mori. Watch it below or at Hulu. For Hulu Plus nonsubscribers, the film is free (with ads) for forty-eight hours. And remember, if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see this and the now more than eight hundred other Criterion films streaming there commercial-free, anytime.

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