Fifth about The Seventh

Miss Oyu (Oyuu-sama)

Miss Oyu: this Mizoguchi Kenji account of a sad, credible love-triangle is a delicate melodrama; the story provides a good window to look at Japanese society and its rules and formality. Within the framework presented, the characters act organically. Hori Yuuji has the right look, but his performance rings false at times; Kongoo Reiko is fine as the sweet young sister, as is Tanaka Kinuyo as the more serious title character. Hayasaka Fumio’s musical score is varied and beautiful. Miyagawa Kazuo’s camerawork is very elegant: there are many extended takes, the camera is fluid, and it always lands on beautiful frames as the blocking and camera movements end. The film also has a great selection of locations.

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