An ingratiating bride develops warm ties to her father-in-law while her cold husband blithely slights her for another woman.
In the same year that saw the release of Godzilla, the exact same cinematography crew from that film helped Mikio Naruse on Sound of the Mountain. Naruse, a major figure in Japans 'golden age of cinema' portrayed women in a much more central role and nuanced light than his contemporaries and is one of the first directors who challenged the gender norms of Japanese society in a time when barely anyone would have called themselves a feminist.
Sound of the Mountain is a strong character-driven story with Setsuko Hara in the lead, following her navigating through family ethics and seeing how fragile the bonds of relationships can be.
Genre: Drama. 1h 35min.