The modern face of post-war Japanese cinema, renowned as both the samurai’s wife of Rashomon and ghostly seducer of Ugetsu Monogatari, Kyo was one of the most prolific and versatile stars of her generation, writes Alexander Jacoby.
Japanese cinema’s first Palme d’Or in 21 years has surely cemented Koreeda Hirokazu’s place at the forefront of international filmmaking. He talks to Alexander Jacoby about the ties that bind, communal criminality and why he steers clear of politicians.
Many of the greatest post-war Japanese films owe much of their power and sophistication to their leading ladies as they explore the experiences of women struggling to find their place in a conservative culture in social and technological flux. Alexander Jacoby profiles ten headline actresses for our latest Deep Focus season.