Mikio Naruse

Street Without End

Street Without End

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.

Film Info

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

Available In

Collector's Set

Eclipse Series 26: Silent Naruse

Eclipse 26: Silent Naruse

DVD Box Set

3 Discs


Street Without End
Setsuko Shinobu
Akio Isono
Sugiko’s brother
Hikaru Yamanouchi
Nobuko Wakaba
Sugiko’s sister
Fumiko Katsuragi
Sugiko’s mother
Shinichi Himori
Chiyoko Katori
Ichiro Yuki
Mikio Naruse
Based on a novel by
Komatsu Kitamura
Tomizo Ikeda
Suketaro Inokai
Production design
Jokichi Shu

From The Current

Eclipse Series 26: Silent Naruse
Eclipse Series 26: Silent Naruse
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, imprisoned in their domestic and professional circum…

By Michael Koresky