Christmas with Kinoshita

The homey opening scene from Keisuke Kinoshita’s Morning for the Osone Family (1946) shows the members of a liberal, artistic Japanese family (the one of the title) celebrating Christmas Eve in 1943—just before World War II encroaches on their home life, in the form of a corrupt, militaristic, domineering relative. From the Criterion/Eclipse box set Kinoshita and World War II.

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