About the film
The Song Lantern
Release Date: February 11, 1943
|Production Companies||:||Toho Film (Eiga) Co. Ltd.|
|Writers||:||Izumi Kyōka, Mantarô Kubota|
A self-absorbed young actor humiliates an elderly Noh performer, who then commits suicide. His act of cruelty compels his father to disown him, leading the once promising actor to a life on the streets. But his desire to win back the respect of his father and the affection of the dead actor's daughter pushes him toward a more noble existence. Naruse employed a delicately structured mise-en-scene in this family melodrama, which evokes the work of Josef von Sternberg.