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Friends of the National Library/Reel McCoy Film Screening

(Japan 1936) 71 min. 16 mm
Director Kenji Mizoguchi Cast Isuzu Yamada, Seiichi Takegawa, Chiyoko Okura, Benkei Shiganoya, Yoko Umemura
The tragic side of modernisation is focused on the heroine, Ayako (Yamada), who sacrifices all for her family she becomes the mistress of her boss, Mr. Asai (Shiganoya) only to be rejected by them. The film is a combination of traditional melodrama and contemporary social commentary. The 'elegy' is a lament on the contradictions in the heroine's position in a society in which the traditional family is disintegrating under the strains implied by the modernisation of the economy.
Print courtesy of the National
Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Cost: Free, but you must be a member of the Friends of the National Library or the Reel McCoy Film Society. Membership cards must be shown at the door.

Bookings not required.


  • When: 26 Sep 2012
  • Time: 06:00PM – 09:00PM
  • Where: Theatre (Lower Ground One (LG1))