UK Premiere: Forever a Woman
Still from Forever a Woman, part of Cinema Rediscovered

UK Premiere: Forever a Woman

classified 15 S

Restored & Rediscovered


Please note: This was screened in July 2022

Kinuyo Tanaka
Tsukioka Yumeji, Mori Masayuki, Hayama Ryoji
110 mins, Subtitled, 1955, Japan
Primary language

Kinuyo Tanaka’s third film as a director is perhaps her finest – a deeply emotional cinematic portrait of Fumiko Nakajo, an ill-fated female tanka poet.

Set on the plains of Hokkaido, it features a fully-committed performance from star Yumeji Tsukioka, whose character deals with the pain of being separated from her son, then suddenly finds herself forced to confront her mortality, whilst at the same time throwing herself wholeheartedly into one last love affair.

This 4K restoration is courtesy of Janus Films. Forever A Woman launches The Films of Kinuyo Tanaka retrospective at Watershed, Edinburgh Film Festival, GFT and BFI Southbank, London.