• There is such a wealth of amazing Japanese movies about the state of that nation after the end of World War II that we simply had to create a selection of them for our weekly festival of free films on Hulu. For Postwar Japan, watch arresting, poignant dramas from some of the greatest filmmakers who ever lived, including Keisuke Kinoshita (Phoenix), Masaki Kobayashi (Black River), Akira Kurosawa (Drunken Angel, One Wonderful Sunday, Scandal, and Stray Dog), Kenji Mizoguchi (Women of the Night), and Yasujiro Ozu (Record of a Tenenemet Gentleman).

    Also included is another Ozu film, the searing 1948 drama A Hen in the Wind. It stars the always brilliant Kinuyo Tanaka as a struggling young mother in Tokyo who resorts to prostitution while she awaits her husband’s return from the war. The film is not available on DVD or Blu-ray in the U.S., but you can see it below or at Hulu. And remember, if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see more than 900 Criterion films commercial-free, anytime.

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