Archive of films My Love Has Been Burning / Waga koi wa moenu
1949, 84 min
Section: Tribute to Kenji Mizoguchi
Inspired by the autobiography of Kageyama Hideko, a late 19th-century feminist pioneer, the picture follows a young woman who rebels against her parents and begins to work for a fledgling political party in Tokyo. There are scenes of astonishing violence but the film’s real power lies in its political analysis and fiery performances.
The US occupation army under General MacArthur imposed strict controls on Japanese cinema in the post-war years, and Mizoguchi was one of the directors who took advantage of the new "democratic" imperatives to make a series of angry films about the rights of women, all starring the magnificent Tanaka Kinuyo. My Love Has Been Burning is the best, inspired by the autobiography of Kageyama Hideko, a late 19th-century feminist pioneer. The film fictionalises her as Hirayama Eiko, a young woman who rebels against her parents and follows a male friend to Tokyo to work for a fledgling political party – only to discover that when it comes to women’s rights, sisters have to do it for themselves. There are scenes of astonishing violence (the crushing of the protest at the silk mill is based on a real incident) but the film’s real power lies in its political analysis and fiery performances.
About the film
Black & white, 35 mm
|Section:||Tribute to Kenji Mizoguchi|
|Screenplay:||Yoshikata Yoda, Kaneto Shindo|
|Dir. of Photography:||Kohei Sugiyama|
|Art Director:||Dai Arakama, Hiroshi Mizutani, Junichi Osumi|
|Producer:||Hisao Itoya, Kiyoshi Shimazu|
|Cast:||Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito, Ichiro Sugai, Koreya Senda, Kuniko Miyabe|
|Sales:||Shochiku Co., Ltd.|
|Contact:||Kawakita Memorial Film Institute|