Apart from You

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Apart From You
Directed byMikio Naruse
Written byMikio Naruse
StarringMitsuko Yoshikawa
Akio Isono
Sumiko Mizukubo
CinematographySuketaro Inokai
Distributed byShochiku Company
Release date
  • April 1, 1933 (1933-04-01) (Japan)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Apart From You (君と別れて, Kimi to wakarete) is a 1933 Japanese drama film written and directed by Mikio Naruse.

The film follows an aging geisha whose teenaged son is ashamed of her profession, and their relationship with a young colleague of hers.

Plot[edit]

Kikue (Mitsuko Yoshikawa) is an aging geisha. Her teenage son, Yoshio (Akio Isono), is ashamed of her profession and engages in truancy and juvenile delinquency.

A young colleague of Kikue's, Terugiku (Sumiko Mizukubo), engages with Yoshio and tries to get him to be more understanding of his mother.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Keith Uhlich of Slant Magazine gave the film two and a half out of four stars comparing its "superficial stylistic flourishes" to Naruse's previous film No Blood Relation. Ulrich adds, "Yet it is nonetheless a much more focused and sustained work, bearing some evidence—via several beautifully visualized superimpositions—of the director's developing interest in character psychology."[1]

Release[edit]

Home video[edit]

In 2011, Apart From You was released on a five-film DVD set by The Criterion Collection's Eclipse label. Titled "Silent Naruse", it collected five silent films made between 1931 and 1934.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keith Uhlich (30 November 2005). "Apart from You". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  2. ^ Dave Kehr (18 March 2011). "A Master's Baby Steps". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 November 2012.

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