The Moon Has Risen

classified 18 (CTBA) S

The Films Of Kinuyo Tanaka


Please note: This was screened in Aug 2022

Kinuyo Tanaka
Chishû Ryû, Shûji Sano, Hisako Yamane
102 mins, Subtitled, 1955, Japan
Primary language

Devised by the Directors Guild of Japan, The Moon Has Risen is based on a screenplay jointly written by Yasujiro Ozu and Ryosuke Saito, and is Kinuyo Tanaka’s second feature film as a director.

Tanaka is also a member of the cast in this enchanting love story told from a uniquely female perspective, which follows the romantic fortunes of three sisters leading tranquil lives in Japan’s ancient capital Nara during late autumn.

Tanaka’s direction is enhanced by the participation of several of Ozu’s regular collaborators, such as Chishu Ryu who plays the sisters’ father, and Takanobu Saito who composed the score.