Love Under The Crucifix

  • 1960
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Historical, Religious

Set in 16th-century Japan, this film traces the ordeal of a young woman (Arima) who has fallen in love with Nakadai, a Christian and a married man. Though Arima does marry, she never ceases to love him. Years pass before the pair have an affair, but the circumstances which surround their meeting are less than perfect. Christianity has been outlawed, so...read more

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Set in 16th-century Japan, this film traces the ordeal of a young woman (Arima) who has fallen in love with Nakadai, a Christian and a married man. Though Arima does marry, she never ceases to love him. Years pass before the pair have an affair, but the circumstances which surround their

meeting are less than perfect. Christianity has been outlawed, so Nakadai has been forced into hiding, while Arima finds herself trapped inside a loveless marriage with a husband who attempts to use his wife to gain influence with the local political chieftain. A tragic end comes to Arima when

word is leaked about her affair with the Christian; she takes her life. Tanaka, at one time an actress, was the only woman director in Japan. She used the story to explore the societal restrictions which keep individuals from expressing their true desires, concentrating on the problems which arise

when a woman attempts to assert herself in a society where men make all the rules. (In Japanese; English subtitles.)

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  • Review: Set in 16th-century Japan, this film traces the ordeal of a young woman (Arima) who has fallen in love with Nakadai, a Christian and a married man. Though Arima does marry, she never ceases to love him. Years pass before the pair have an affair, but the ci… (more)

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