Repast (めし, Meshi) is a 1951 film by Mikio Naruse, starring Setsuko Hara. It is set in postwar Osaka and it is about a woman who has moved from Tokyo (her father is a well-known professor) to settle down with her husband. Her salaryman husband ignores her, and she is slowly worn down by domestic drudgery. Matters come to a head when her pretty niece comes to stay and the husband begins to flirt with her. "Naruse shows brilliantly how the husband and wife cling to respectability by a thread."[1] Dissatisfied with his efforts to improve their household life, she returns to Tokyo for a time.

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Japanese theatrical release poster
Directed byMikio Naruse
Produced bySanezumi Fujimoto
Written byYasunari Kawabata
Toshirō Ide
Sumie Tanaka
Fumiko Hayashi (novel)
StarringSetsuko Hara
Ken Uehara
Yukiko Shimazaki
Music byFumio Hayasaka
CinematographyMasao Tamai
Distributed byToho
Release date
November 23, 1951
Running time
97 minutes

Repast is the first of Naruse's adaptations from the novels by Fumiko Hayashi, a writer who specialised in stories of the downtrodden. "I am moved by the sadness to be found in the simple lives of people...", a quotation included at the beginning of the film, expresses the writer's preoccupations.


Awards and nominationsEdit

2nd Blue Ribbon Awards[2]


  1. ^ Geoffrey Macnab "Director Mikio Naruse: An overlooked master", The Independent, 29 June 2007
  2. ^ ブルーリボン賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Archived from the original on 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2010-01-17.

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