A Winter’s Day
One woman’s face represents the passage of time. Novelist Shūhei Fujisawa's masterpiece is embodied by Baijaku Nakamura.
One cold, winter night in Edo, Seijiro enters an izakaya (bar) looking for warmth and finds a woman wearing heavy make-up. She was Oishi, the daughter of a shop owner who helped young Seijiro and his widowed mother out of poverty. Seijiro wonders what on earth has happened to Oishi to become so miserably unrecognizable. Screenwriter Tsutomu Nakamura and director Akira Inoue, the same duo that worked on Don’t Kill (2021), tells a messy love story between a couple who left their youth behind a long time ago. They triumph over violence – a common occurrence in the Edo period – with reason, sublimating the whole story into a celebration of humanity. One might say this is a perfect example of what Inoue’s jidaigeki really is.
Director Akira Inoue
Actor Baijaku Nakamura, Saki Takaoka, Jundai Yamada, Yumiko Fujita
Japan｜ 2015｜ 52min｜ ｜
- Love romance
- Human drama
Akira Inoue [Film Director]
Inoue was born in 1928 in Kyoto Prefecture. After working as an assistant director for Kenji Mizoguchi and Kazuo Mori, he started directing his own films such as Zatoichi's Revenge (1965) and Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Mask of the Princess (1966). He also worked on a total of eight jidaigeki pieces for Samurai dorama Channel, namely the four installments of the Onihei Gaiden series starting with Code of the Bandits (2011), Belated Bliss (2015), A Winter’s Day (2015), and finally Mizzling Rain (2017) from the Hashi-Monogatari anthology. Known as a distinguished master of filmmaking, he is an essential figure in the history of jidaigeki.
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