The Shape of Night (Nakamura, 1964): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 6.10pm
Try not to miss this typically lavish Noboru Nakamura film, one not available on any format here or on the dark shores of the web. This 35mm presentation, which is also being screened on November 29th, is part of the Women in Japanese Melodrama season at BFI Southbank. Full details here.
This intoxicating rediscovery follows Yoshie (Kuwano), a woman pushed
into prostitution by her violent yakuza boyfriend, in a mode that
filters the emotion of Naruse through the daring of Imamura. Gorgeously
shot in widescreen, with bold compositions and editing, Nakamura’s
revelatory film absorbs Douglas Sirk’s expressive use of colour, while
pointing forward to the lyrical modernism of Wong Kar Wai.