Flowing (流れる, Nagareru) is a 1956 Japanese film directed by Mikio Naruse. The black-and-white drama stars Kinuyo Tanaka, Isuzu Yamada, Hideko Takamine, Mariko Okada, Haruko Sugimura, Sumiko Kurishima, Chieko Nakakita, Natsuko Kahara, Seiji Miyaguchi, Daisuke Katō, Nobuo Nakamura, Kumeko Otowa and others.

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Japanese theatrical release poster
Directed byMikio Naruse
Produced bySanezumi Fujimoto
Written byAya Kōda (novel)
Toshirō Ide & Sumie Tanaka (Screenplay)
StarringIsuzu Yamada
Kinuyo Tanaka
Hideko Takamine
Music byIchirō Saitō
CinematographyMasao Tamai
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • 20 November 1956 (1956-11-20)
Running time
117 minutes



The film wasn't released in the United States until November 27, 1985.[1]



At this time, Naruse was at the top of his career with 'Ukigumo', which was released the previous year . The ability to draw people with emotion and realism, which can be seen in other works, was unfortunately demonstrated in this work as well. Especially in this work, each of the many characters has a clear personality, and it is a thick and luxurious work combined with the true acting of the cast ream.

The cast featured three famous actresses representing the Japanese film industry , Kinuyo Tanaka , Isuzu Yamada , and Hideko Takamine , with Mariko Okada , Haruko Sugimura , Chieko Nakakita , and Natsuko Kahara set aside. In addition, Sumiko Kurishima , the first star actress in the history of Japanese movies, who had already retired from the line at that time , made a special appearance and delighted the fans of the past with a profound performance showing a strong presence. Together with the stage setting of the Hanayanagi world, it is a gorgeous face that should be called a "female all-star movie". The actor Seiji Miyaguchi , Daisuke Kato , Noboru Nakatani , Yutaka Sada et al. Have appeared. As for the staff, the famous staff of "Naruse Gumi" gathered and it is a work that explored the essence of the Naruse movie.


  1. ^ "New York Soundtrack". Variety. November 20, 1985. p. 18.

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