Black River (1957 film)

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Black River
Kuroi kawa poster.jpg
Original Japanese theatrical poster
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi
Starring Ineko Arima
Fumio Watanabe
Tatsuya Nakadai
Tomo Nagai
Keiko Awaji
Distributed by Shochiku
Release dates
October 23, 1957[1]
Running time
114 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Black River (黒い河 Kuroi kawa?) is a 1957 Japanese film directed by Masaki Kobayashi.[1] The story follows a university student who moves into an apartment building and becomes involved with a waitress. The landlord then attempts to evict the tenants and sell the building through illicit means. The film was screened at the 2005 New York Film Festival in a theatrical retrospective celebrating the Shochiku Company's 110th year.[2]



  1. ^ a b Various sources alternately put the year of release in 1956 or 1957.
    "Black River". Shochiku. Retrieved 2009-06-30. Year: 1956 
    Richie, Donald (2005). A Hundred Years of Japanese Film: A Concise History, with a Selective Guide to DVDs and Videos. Kodansha International. p. 163. ISBN 4-7700-2995-0. Black River (Kuroi kawa, 1956) 
    黒い河 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 1956.10.23 
    "黒い河" (in Japanese). Shochiku Online. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 制作年: 1957年 
    "黒い河 (邦画)" (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 公開年月日: 1957/10/23 
    Desser, David (May 1988). Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema. Indiana University Press. p. 42. ISBN 0-253-31961-7. Kuroi kawa (Black River, 1957) 
    Shapiro, Michael (December 1991). "Japan and the U.S. Share an Uneasy Artistic Peace". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-30. Masaki Kobayashi's 'Black River' (1957) 
    "Tatsuya Nakadai Filmography". The Criterion Collection. Archived from the original on 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2009-06-30. Black River (Kuroi kawa) Masaki Kobayashi, 1957 
    "Kuroi Kawa". AllMovie. Retrieved 2009-06-30. Year: 1957 
  2. ^ "The Beauty of the Everyday: Japan’s Shochiku Company at 110". Film Society of Lincoln Center. 2005. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 

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