Silence Has No Wings
In Japanese with Chinese & English subtitles
Director： Kuroki Kazuo
Screenplay： Matsukawa Yasuo, Iwasa Hisaya, Kuroki Kazuo
Cinematographer： Suzuki Tatsuo
Cast：Kaga Mariko, Nagato Hiroyuki, Ninagawa Yukio, Watanabe Fumio
The worldwide success of Woman in the Dunes (1964) prompted its investor Toho to make this film, viewed by many as Japan's response to Hiroshima mon amour (1959). A caterpillar "travels" across Japan, spinning off stories on Japan's responsibility in WWII, the A-bomb, and the US-Japan Mutual Security Treaty. Beating Resnais at his own game, Silence Has NoWings has a cult following in France. Pierre Braunberger, who once produced Truffaut and Godard, invited Kuroki to do a project in France. But, Kuroki turned him down.
“Experimental and groundbreaking, yet poetic and lyrical, Silence Has No Wings is a profound portrayal of Japan's turbulent post-WWII period. Kaga Mariko is simply heavenly.”
— Shu Ming
“Japan’s seismic 1960s as seen by a caterpillar. Deceptively simple, Kuroki’s debut feature is a work
— Cheng Chuen-wai
Print courtesy of National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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