Repast (film)

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Meshi
Meshi poster.jpg
Japanese theatrical release poster
Directed by Mikio Naruse
Written by Yasunari Kawabata
Toshirō Ide
Sumie Tanaka
Fumiko Hayashi (novel)
Starring Setsuko Hara
Ken Uehara
Yukiko Shimazaki
Music by Fumio Hayasaka
Cinematography Masao Tamai
Distributed by Toho
Release date(s) November 23, 1951
Running time 97 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Repast (めし Meshi?) is a 1951 film by Mikio Naruse, starring Setsuko Hara. It is set in postwar Osaka and it is about a woman who has moved from Tokyo (her father is a well-known professor) to settle down with her husband. Her salaryman husband ignores her. She is slowly being worn down by domestic drudgery. Matters come to a head when her pretty niece comes to stay and the husband begins to flirt with her. "Naruse shows brilliantly how the husband and wife cling to respectability by a thread."[1] Dissatisfied with his efforts to improve their household life, she returns to Tokyo for a time.

Repast is the first of Naruse's adaptations from the novels by Fumiko Hayashi, a writer who specialised in stories of the downtrodden. "I am moved by the sadness to be found in the simple lives of people...", a quotation included at the beginning of the film, expresses the writer's preoccupations.

Awards and nominations[edit]

2nd Blue Ribbon Awards[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geoffrey Macnab "Director Mikio Naruse: An overlooked master", The Independent, 29 June 2007
  2. ^ "ブルーリボン賞ヒストリー" (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 

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