What Got This Director Here?: Body of work.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Hideko the Bus Conductress, which I wasn’t even that fond of. I’ve only seen his less popular stuff.
What Did I Watch: Sound of the Mountain.
Where Does He Fit: After nine films struggling quite a bit with Naruse (mostly because Japanese silents are more or less not my thing), I went with a consensus favorite of his works: Sound of the Mountain. I was much more satisfied, with a cast of old pros doing exactly what they are known for but in a really strange context: a man watches two of his children’s marriages fall apart, but he likes his daughter-in-law better. The original book was apparently considered fantastic and was written by a Nobel Prize winner, but this will do nicely: one scene involving why women get abortions cuts like a laser.
Most Valuable Asset: Space and actresses.
Most Excited For: Floating Clouds.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: If his consensus-popular stuff is this good, then yes, but he’s perhaps too high.
Coming Up Next: Claire Denis, the definitive editor.