Kô Nakahira

  • Kô Nakahira – Aitsu to watashi AKA That Guy And I (1961)

    Along with The Baby Carriage and A Slope in the Sun, He and I is one of a long list of youth films to be based on the novels of ISHISAKA Yojiro. A portrait of youth grappling with new forms of love and sexual ethics at the height of the ANPO struggle of 1960, the film was marketed as ISHIHARA Yujiro’s comeback picture after he injured himself in a skiing accident, and went on to break box office records in 1961. (quote from qianqian-san’s post)Read More »

  • Kô Nakahira – Mikkai AKA The Assignation (1959)

    This well-paced, effective drama by director Ko Nakahira eloquently decries the foibles of adultery by looking at a worst possible scenario. Young Kikuko (Yoko Katsuragi) is married to an older university professor and because of the age difference as well as several other factors, she is bored with the marriage and falls for one of his students, Yuichiro (Seiji Miyaguchi). The two manage to sneak off for stolen moments together and on one of those occasions in the park, they both witness a murder. Shocked by what they saw, the student insists that they immediately go to the police to testify against the killer. But this is Japan, after all, and the adulterous wife knows that losing face by losing her marriage over her infidelity is much worse than the need to identify a killer. Unfortunately for him, the student never quite sees it her way.
    ~ Eleanor Mannikka, RoviRead More »

  • Kô Nakahira – Kurutta kajitsu AKA Crazed Fruit (1956)

    Two brothers compete for the amorous favors of a young woman during a seaside summer of gambling, boating, and drinking, in this seminal Sun Tribe (taiyozoku) film from director Ko Nakahira. Adapted from the controversial novel by Shintaro Ishihara, and critically savaged for its lurid portrayal of the postwar sexual revolution among Japan’s young and privileged, Crazed Fruit is an anarchic outcry against tradition and the older generation.Read More »

  • Kô Nakahira – Ryojin nikki AKA Hunter’s Diary (1964)

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    A complex and far from straight-forward Nakahira film about a womanizer suspected to be a serial killer.Read More »

  • Kô Nakahira – Getsuyôbi no Yuka AKA Only On Mondays (1964)

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    Directed by Ko Nakahira. With Mariko Kaga, Akira Nakao, Takeshi Kato. Yuka is a “good-time girl” from Yokohama who is persuaded by her papa to sleep with a foreign business executive so that he can close an important deal. Nakahira presents a shrewdly observed portrait of a modern, sexually assertive woman—an unsettling character for a changing but still patriarchal society. 93 min. – MoMA note: this film played under the title of Monday Girl for the MoMA’s Japanese film retrospective in 2005Read More »

  • Kô Nakahira – Hensôkyoku AKA Variation (1976)

    The man who lives in the past and The woman who abandoned a past. They were lovers 10 years ago, and had met again in Paris.Read More »

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