The Moon Has Risen (Digital restoration)

TANAKA Kinuyo 1955 Japan b/w 102min Japanese DCP
Devised by the Directors Guild of Japan, jointly written by OZU Yasujiro and SAITO Ryosuke, this film is TANAKA Kinuyo’s second directorial feature. It tells the story of the ASAI family leading tranquil lives in Japan’s ancient capital Nara during late autumn and the three daughters' enchanting love story. While she is also a member of the cast, The Moon Has Risen successfully encapsulates TANAKA's unique strength as a pioneering female director, adding female perspectives to the story and its characters, both male and female, which she thought to be essential to her work.



The formidable acting career of TANAKA Kinuyo has long overshadowed her pioneering status as a filmmaker. Between 1953 and 1962, she directed six feature films, tackling unexplored topics such as breast cancer and women's sexuality. As an actress and a filmmaker, TANAKA's works embody the cultural changes of Japanese society and examine the intersections between women’s authorship and gender discourses in modern Japan.


1953 Love Letter 
1955 The Moon Has Risen 
1955 Forever a Woman 
1960 The Wandering Princess 
1961 Girl of the Night
1962 Love Under the Crucifix 

Director: TANAKA Kinuyo
Screenwriter: SAITO Ryosuke, OZU Yasujiro
Chief Producer: HAYASHIMOTO Hiroyoshi
Executive Producer: KOI Eisei
Cinematographer: MINE Shigeyoshi
Editor: KONDO Mitsuo
Production Designer: KIMURA Takeo
Sound Recording: KAMIYA Masakazu
Music: SAITO Takanobu
Assistant Director: SAITO Buichi
Planning: Directors Guild of Japan

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