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Floating Clouds Blu-ray 1955 Japanese BFI UK Mikio Naruse Hideko Takamine

Floating Clouds Blu-ray 1955 Japanese BFI UK Mikio Naruse Hideko Takamine

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A masterpiece that's kinda like Godzilla Minus One minus Godzilla!

Introducing BFI's Limited Edition Blu-ray (Region B) release for the tragic social drama Floating Clouds, a 1955 Japanese production from acclaimed director Mikio Naruse (Lightning, Repast).

During the war in French Indochina, a married Japanese man falls in love with a young typist, Yukiko, and promises to marry her after the war. Upon their return to Tokyo, their idyllic relationship crumbles, but they cannot keep away from one another. Despite finding nothing but conflict and instability, they helplessly return to each other repeatedly as they attempt to rebuild their lives from the ruins of World War II.

A classic of Japanese cinema described as a ‘masterpiece’ by Yasujiro Ozu, Floating Clouds is a melancholy meditation on the hopeless side of love. Through the lens of Yukiko and Tomioka’s tempestuous relationship, Mikio Naruse’s most acclaimed film quietly captures the devastation of a country in economic post-war ruin.

IMPORTANT NOTE: An all-region Blu-ray player is required to view this movie. Standard U.S. Blu-ray players will NOT read Region B discs. If you're looking for a reliable all-region player, we've got you covered!

Limited Edition Features: 

  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated booklet with new writing on the film by Catherine Russell, previously published essays by Adrian Martin and Freda Freiberg and credits


  • Newly restored and presented in High Definition
  • Newly recorded audio commentary by writer and film critic Adrian Martin
  • Mikio Naruse: Auteur as Salaryman (2016, 73 minutes, audio only): academic Catherine Russell, an expert in the cinema of Naruse, assesses the director’s career. Recorded at BFI Southbank
  • Interview with Japanese film expert Freda Freiberg (2007, 10 mins)
  • Paul Willemen on Floating Clouds (2007, 7 mins)
  • Commentary on a scene (2007, 10 mins): Freda Freiberg provides a commentary on a key scene from the film

Technical Specs: 

  • Language: Japanese
  • Year: 1955
  • Runtime: 123
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Subtitles: English (optional)
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