She and He

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She and He ★★½ 1963

Hani's look at the oppression of women, marital and spiritual discontent, and class divisions. Naoko is a bored housewife, living in a sterile high-rise apartment with her equally dissatisfied husband, and yearning for something to express her inner feelings. She accidentally meets an old classmate of her husband's who has become a poor ragpicker and tries to aid him. But all her efforts only lead to further tragedies. In Japanese with English subtitles. 110m/C VHS . JP Sachiko Hidari, Eiji Okada, Kikuji Yamashita; D: Susumu Hani.