Kôzaburô Yoshimura

  • Kôzaburô Yoshimura – Yoru no chô AKA Night Butterflies (1957)

    As Japan became more prosperous, the Ginza district of Tokyo emerged as the luxury bar and cabaret center it remains to this day. While the charming and beautiful women who operate these establishments are privy to political and financial deals of national importance, Yoshimura’s film reveals that their hopes, their businesses and their very lives are as fragile as butterflies.Read More »

  • Kôzaburô Yoshimura – Yoru no kawa AKA River of the Night (1956)

    Japanese drama from the 1950s, following a proud textile-dying family who continue practicing the traditional art even when most are abandoning it. Eldest daughter Kiwa (Fujiko Yamamoto) fuels the business with her ambition and unquestionable talent, but her attraction to a genetics professor will take her and her family’s practice to an unforeseeable direction…Read More »

  • Kôzaburô Yoshimura – Genji monogatari (1951)

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    Based on the classic novel by Murasaki Shikibu, written over 1000 years ago. Genji, the son
    of the emperor, has gained renown among the nobility of Kyoto for his charm and good
    looks, yet he cannot stop himself from pursuing the one object of desire he must never
    obtain: his father’s young and beautiful bride. Following the tragic consequences of his
    obsession, Genji wanders from one affair to another, always seeking some sort of
    resolution to his life.Read More »

  • Kôzaburô Yoshimura – Itsuwareru seiso AKA Clothes of Deception (1951)


    In 1951 Yoshimura had approached Daiei in order to realise – again from Shindo’s script – his outstanding study of women in Kyoto’s Gion district, Clothes of Deception (Itsuwareru seiso). Once at the studio he went on to work on a number of prestige projects, such as the lavish 1951 adaptation of the Heian-era prose classic The Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari), commissioned by Daiei to celebrate the studio’s tenth anniversary and supervised by respected novelist Tanizaki Junichiro, who had translated Murasaki Shikibu’s original 11th-century text into modern Japanese. Yoshimura won critical acclaim, and the film became Japan’s biggest commercial hit up to that date.Read More »

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