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Floating Clouds

Japanese movie poster showing (from the left) Mariko Okada, Masayuki Mori and Hideko Takamine.
Directed by Mikio Naruse
Kihachi Okamoto (assistant director)
Produced by Toho, Sanezumi Fujimoto
Written by Fumiko Hayashi (novel)
Yōko Mizuki (adaptation)
Music by Ichirō Saitō
Cinematography Masao Tamai
Editing by Hideshi Ohi
Release date(s) January 15, 1955[1] (Japan)
June 6, 1980 (USA)
Running time 123 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Japanese film poster

Floating Clouds (浮雲 Ukigumo ?) is a 1955 black and white Japanese film drama directed by Mikio Naruse. It is based on the novel of the same name by Japanese author and poet Fumiko Hayashi.

Floating Clouds follows female protagonist Yukiko Koda, a Japanese woman just returned to Japan from French Indochina, where she has been working as a secretary. The novel is set place after World War II and contains the common post-war theme of wandering; Yukiko struggles to find where she belongs in post-war Japan, and ends up floating endlessly until her death at the novel's end.





  1. ^ (Japanese) accessed 18 January 2009

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