An Inlet of Muddy Water (1953)

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An Inlet of Muddy Water (1953) Poster

Story 1 : "The Thirteenth Night". Seki turns up at her parents' house in the dead of night, where she breaks down and says she cannot continue to live with her husband, a rich man to whom ... See full summary »


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Tadashi Imai


Ichiyo Higuchi (based on stories by), Yôko Mizuki (screenplay), Toshirô Ide (screenplay)

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4 November 2017 | richardchatten
| Hard Times in Meiji Japan
Portmanteau films were popular worldwide during the early 50's, and this atmospheric trio of episodes of ascending length reminiscent of Maupassant based on tales by the Meiji period short story writer Ichiyo Higuchi (who died of tuberculosis aged 24 in 1896) was an acclaimed Japanese contribution to the genre.

The cast of characters becomes larger and more intertwined with each episode relentlessly depicting women crushed by the combined dead weight of patriarchy and impecuniousness - in which men tend to appear marginally but (usually with unfortunate results) pivotally - and is rendered bearable to sit through by director Tadashi Imai's dynamic mise en scene and vivid use (particularly in the final episode) of depth of field and by the excellent performances.

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23 November 1953



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Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

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