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特集「追悼 高峰秀子」7 浮 雲(1955年)【恋愛映画】 Floating Clouds (1955) (in memory of Hideko Takamine)

監督 成瀬巳喜男/Director: Mikio Naruse
出演 高峰秀子、森雅之、岡田茉莉子、加東大介 /Starring: Hideko Takamine‚ Masayuki Mori‚ Mariko Okada‚ Daisuke Katou



Hideko Takamine’s compilation

The compilation of this memorial feature and New Years Eve’s Cinema 365 Days is key performer Hideko Takamine’s romance film Floating Clouds. Takamine said of this film that she would retire upon its completion and so gave her very best performance. I’ve read in various places that Takamine awakened to actressing but that was a rare and fiery comment.

In Fumiko Hayashi’s novel‚ when it comes to helplessness there is an emptiness about it; this film is also amazing in that sense. Protagonist Yukiko (Hideko Takamine) is a secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries. She travels to French Indochina (now Vietnam) and becomes romantically involved with Tomioka (Masayuki Mori)‚ a technician. After the war they are reconciled and go to Ikaho hot springs. They are accommodated by the good favour of bar owner Seikichi‚ and Tomioka becomes attracted by Seikichi’s wife (Mariko Okada). Before long Yukiko falls pregnant‚ Tomioka and Okada live together‚ Seikichi is driven crazy with jealousy and stabs Okada to death‚ Tomioka’s wife dies of illness and again Tomioka is with Yukiko.

Yukiko is taken care of by her brother-in-law‚ the founder of a new religion. He is a man who once toyed with Yukiko. This is a never ending quagmire for Yukiko. A useless guy who is notional and lacks the ability to earn a living and a woman who complains yet cannot leave him. This sentiment is promoted in an ominous manner but it is the best set.

Narase hated location filming and only shot a few of the Kagoshima scenes on location; it is said that the Ikaho hot springs town was shot on set for this film. The miserable poor family and their one room apartment‚ the clothes‚ shopping arcades‚ stalls‚ and the dubious lodgings of post war Japan. Moreover‚ traveling to Yakushima Island in a small boat in the rain; this scene of the pair being driven to the ends of the world speaks volumes without the need for words. What upset their fate was Japan’s defeat in the war‚ but no matter how much it is repeated there is nothing that anybody can do about it.

This film continues repeating this without tiring. Have a dream‚ keep hope; these kinds of typical feelings are unwanted here. This is the style of their love and they will continue to affirm this love in this way until they die. What if Yukiko was her mother‚ or a daughter‚ a younger sister or an older sister? What can be said? Probably nothing. That kind of extreme world of love was written by Fumiko Hayashi‚ made into a film by Narase and performed by actors and actresses.

One more thing‚ the screenplay was by Youko Mizuki. After Yukiko’s death‚ Tomioka spent the money embezzled by Yukiko. This was changed by Mizuko to a man lamenting over Yukiko’s dead body. Fumiko made this just that way. Did she think that making one cry was salvation? Mizuki’s reason for dramatising the ending was this: “Because I do not despair at men to the extent that Hayashi does.”