• Japan
  • 1930
  • 65 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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In noirish darkness, a man commits a shocking robbery. But, as we soon learn, this seeming criminal mastermind is actually a sensitive everyman driven to desperation by the need to provide for his family. Unfolding over the course of one night, Yasujiro Ozu’s That Night’s Wife combines suspense with the emotional domestic drama one associates with the filmmaker’s later masterpieces, and employs beautifully evocative camera work.

Cast

Shuji HashizumeTokihiko Okada
MayumiEmiko Yagumo
MichikoMitsuko Ichimura
Detective KagawaTogo Yamamoto
Suda, the doctorTatsuo Saito

Credits

DirectorYasujiro Ozu
Based on the story “From Nine to Nine” byOscar Schisgall
ScreenplayKogo Noda
CinematographyHideo Mohara

Film Essays

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Eclipse Series 42: Silent Ozu—Three Crime Dramas

By Michael Koresky April 24, 2015

Atypical in style and subject, Yasujiro Ozu’s early crime dramas show a future master brilliantly experimenting with camera and editing. Read more »

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The Signature Style of Yasujiro Ozu

December 11, 2015

With his singular and unwavering style, Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu disregarded the established rules of cinema and created a visual language all his own. Precise compositions, contemplative . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Eclipse Series 42: Silent Ozu—Three Crime Dramas

By Michael Koresky April 24, 2015

Atypical in style and subject, Yasujiro Ozu’s early crime dramas show a future master brilliantly experimenting with camera and editing. Read more »


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