Husband and Wife

Also known as A Couple, this 1953 Japanese feature is another of Mikio Naruse's dramas about unhappy marriages, the tension exacerbated in this case by the fact that the spouses (Ken Uehara, Yoko Sugi) share living space with a quirky landlord (Rentaro Mikuni). The ending is uncharacteristically hopeful, and the film is notable for its references to abortion and its dashes of Anglo-American culture (a performance by a Chaplin impersonator, renditions of “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night”). In Japanese with subtitles. 87 min.

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