Doshaburi (Cloudburst/When It Rains, It Pours). 1957. Japan. Directed by Noboru Nakamura. Screenplay by Nakamura, Toshio Shiina. With Sadako Sawamura, Mariko Okada, Masami Taura. 35mm. In Japanese; English subtitles. 105 min.
Based on Hideki Hoko’s modern-day shinpa (melodramatic play) and featuring a score by Tôru Takemitsu, Cloudburst traces the fate of a young woman forced to give up her husband when she is discovered to have been born out of wedlock to the mistress of a seedy railway inn. An apprentice to Yasujiro Shimazu (represented in this series by The Older Brother and His Younger Sister), Noburo Nakamura crafted well-made gendai-geki, or contemporary dramas, and jun-bungaku, adaptations of serious novelists like Yasunari Kawabata and Yukio Mishima. 35mm print courtesy Shochiku