• From A Hen in the Wind (1948)

Tomorrow night the Northwest Chicago Film Society will present Yasujiro Ozu’s A Hen in the Wind (1948) at the Portage Theater at 7:30 PM. This is a major revival, as the film (which is unavailable on DVD in this country) presents a different side of the great Japanese director than American viewers are accustomed to seeing. In contrast to the sensitive family stories for which he’s best known in the U.S. (Late Spring, Tokyo Story, Good Morning), Hen in the Wind is a stark tale of a family devastated by poverty and the aftermath of World War II. The film features one of the only sequences of onscreen violence in Ozu’s career—a sequence that remains shocking today in its bluntness.