Archive of films My Love Has Been Burning / Waga koi wa moenu

Japan
1949, 84 min

Section: Tribute to Kenji Mizoguchi
Year: 2017

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.


Synopsis

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.

Tony Rayns

Contacts

Shochiku Co., Ltd.
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Japan
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About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Tribute to Kenji Mizoguchi
   
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Screenplay: Yoshikata Yoda, Kaneto Shindo
Dir. of Photography: Kohei Sugiyama
Music: Senji Ito
Art Director: Dai Arakama, Hiroshi Mizutani, Junichi Osumi
Producer: Hisao Itoya, Kiyoshi Shimazu
Production: Shochiku, Kyoto
Cast: Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito, Ichiro Sugai, Koreya Senda, Kuniko Miyabe
Sales: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
Contact: Kawakita Memorial Film Institute
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