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Akitsu Springs
(Akitsu Onsen)

by Yoshishige YOSHIDA


Shinko falls in love with a young man, Shuzaku, during World War II. She remains faithful to him despite his debauched life. While Shuzaku becomes more and more cynical and caustic as time goes by, Shinko keeps having faith in him and their love. For seventeen years she patiently waits for Shuzaku to commit himself even while he lives with another woman.
Shinko suggests to Shuzaku to perform “shinju”, the traditional form of suicide for lovers, but he refuses saying that it is an archaic ritual. To prove some sort of ideal remains even when faced with defeat, Shinko cuts her wrist and sacrifices herself for an unworthy man. She dies under the very eyes of her lover by a river in spring

One of the major films of theJapanese new wave.

  • Titre français
    La Source thermale d’Akitsu
  • Original title
    Akitsu Onsen
  • Titre international
    Akitsu Springs
  • Scénario
    Yoshishige Yoshida, adapté du roman "Akitsu Onsen" de Shinji Fujiwara
  • Photo
    Toichiro Narushima
  • Montage
    Yoshi Shugihara
  • Son
    Shotaro Yoshida
  • Musique
    Hikaru Hayashi
  • Interprétation
    Mariko Okada, Hiroyuki Nagato
  • Production
  • Support de projection
    35 mm

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