*Her Brother*. 1960. Japan. Directed by Kon Ichikawa. With Keiko Kishi, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Kinuyo Tanaka. Courtesy Kadokawa Pictures

Otōto (Her Brother). 1960. Japan. Directed by Kon Ichikawa. Screenplay by Yoko Mizuki. With Keiko Kishi, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Kinuyo Tanaka. In Japanese; English subtitles. 98 min.

Chosen by the prestigious magazine Kinema Jumpo as the best film of 1960, and still adored by Japanese audiences, Ichikawa’s Her Brother is a tender melodrama about a lonely young woman pressured by her severe, ailing stepmother into sacrificing herself to the needs of her profligate brother. To capture the melancholy, dusky atmosphere of the Taisho period, a time of uncertainty between the two World Wars, cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa pioneered a (now common) technique called gin-nokoshi (“leaving silver”) that accentuated gray, muted color tones through black-and-white lighting.

35mm print from The Museum of Modern Art; courtesy Janus Films.

  1. Saturday, April 21, 2018,
    4:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Friday, April 20, 2018,
    7:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2