Arashi ga oka
Directed by: Yoshishige Yoshida
Starring: Yusaku Matsuda, Yuko Tanaka and Rentaro Mikuni
Among Japanese filmmaker Yoshishige Yoshida's darkest films is this brooding and tempestuous adaptation of Emily Bronteï¿½s classic novel. Inspired by traditional Japanese ghost tales, Yoshida interprets Wuthering Heights in a medieval Japanese folklore context and Brontï¿½'s classic tale of ill-fated love becomes a fable about the dangers of an unnatural obsession with the past.
Onimaru is an orphan boy taken in by a group of priests who worship the Mountain of Fire and try to appease the gods of anger. Heï¿½s in love with Kinu, the beautiful daughter of a local family. When she marries an heir to a rival family, his heart is broken. When she dies in childbirth, Onimaru loses what is left of his mind.
A lush and darkly sumptuous film and Yoshida's only jidaigeki, or period film, Wuthering Heights was also to be one of the last great roles of legendary actor Yusaku Matsuda, who died the year after the film's release.
1988 Color 16:9 Widescreen 143 Min
Japanese with English Subtitles.