She and He (1963 film)

She and He (彼女と彼, Kanojo to kare) is a 1963 Japanese drama film directed by Susumu Hani. It was entered into the 14th Berlin International Film Festival where Sachiko Hidari won the Silver Bear for Best Actress award.[1]

She and He
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Poster for She and He.
Directed bySusumu Hani
Written bySusumu Hani
Kunio Shimizu
Produced byTeizô Koguchi
Masayuki Nakajima
StarringSachiko Hidari
Eiji Okada
CinematographyJuichi Nagano
Edited byNoriaki Tsuchimoto
Music byTōru Takemitsu
Release date
  • 18 October 1963 (1963-10-18)
Running time
109 minutes


A middle-class woman in Tokyo, Naoko Ishikawa (Sachiko Hidari) lives with her husband in a shining new apartment building on a hill overlooking a slum. As her husband Eiichi (Eiji Okada) becomes more entangled in his life as businessman, Naoko looks for ways to expand her own life even as her husband's life shrinks in scope and intimacy. She loses her sense of security when she becomes acquainted with poverty in her neighborhood. She finds herself strangely drawn to a rag-picker, Ikona (Kikuji Yamashita) who lives down below in a tin shack with a blind child and a dog, and the sheltering comforts of her middle-class existence inexorably fall away.



In 1964, Sachiko Hidari also won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 14th Berlin International Film Festival for her film The Insect Woman directed by Shohei Imamura. The film was nominated for Golden Bear, but won OCIC Award and Youth Film Award for best feature film. In Japan, Hidari won Best Actress at Blue Ribbon Award, Mainichi Film Award and Kinema Junpo Award.[2]


  1. ^ "Berlinale 1964: Prize Winners". Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  2. ^ "IMDB Awards for She and He (1963)". Retrieved 23 October 2014.

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