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The most complex film of this period is perhaps the least known: The Straits of Love and Hate (1937), loosely inspired by Tolstoy’s much-filmed Resurrection, which had been one of the staples of Japanese film adaptation in the silent era. Here the balance between distance and involvement is perfectly achieved – one sympathizes profoundly with the ill-treated heroine while remaining aware of the social conditions which create her plight. In fact, of all Mizoguchi’s prewar films, this is the most positive in its feminism: his heroine is not doomed, but permitted to rebel successfully against the cruel patriarch who seeks to separate her from her child.

  1. Kenji Mizoguchi


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  1. Taizô Fukami

  2. Akira Haruki

  3. Kiyoshi Katô

  4. Seizaburô Kawazu

    Seizaburô Kawazu

    Yoshitaro Suzuki

  5. Yutaka Mimasu

    Kenkichi's father

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The Straits of Love and Hate


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Original Title 愛怨峡

Status Released

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  • June 17, 1937


Original Language Japanese

Runtime 1h 48m

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