Yearning ★★★★

Finally my first Mikio Naruse film.

Naruse may not have had the flair for grand action sequences like Kurosawa did, or the extraordinary sensitivity and subtly of Ozu. But what he did have is an incredible warmth infused in his characters which ventilated and weaved into his stories.

Yearning makes me yearn to take the form of Naruse's camera and float through mid 20th century Japan - experience it's cozy inns and bars, it's countryside and city, it's intimately inhabited abodes. To breathe it all in, to touch every surface and feel it in it's grainy black and white form and melancholic strings and notes.