Onna no naka ni iru tanin (1966) AKA The Stranger Within a Woman / The Thin Line


Tashiro coincidentally meets his best friend Sugimoto in a bar very close to the apartment in which Sugimoto’s wayward wife is found dead. Although Tashiro is not a suspect in the police investigation, he is racked with guilt and confesses to his wife, Masako In an effort to further relieve his tortured sense of guilt, he then confesses to Sugimoto. Neither his wife nor his friend can believe that he could have been involved.

Director: Mikio Naruse. AKA The Stranger Within a Woman & 女の中にいる他人 & The Thin Line
Stars: Keiju Kobayashi, Michiyo Aratama, Mitsuko Kusabue, Tatsuya Mihashi, Akiko Wakabayashi, Daisuke Katô, Toshio Kurosawa, Teruko Nagaoka , Hisao Toake. 


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  1. Steves
    August 12, 2018

    More satisfying selections, Jon. Cheers!

  2. Michael
    September 4, 2018

    Another excellent film from Mikio Naruse. Thanks Jon

  3. BlauBlume
    September 19, 2019

    Thanks Jon.

  4. October 2, 2022

    Fascinating and atypical movie by Naruse. Claude Chabrol made a movie from the same book called Juste Avant la Nuit (Just Before Nightfall, 1971), which I’ve never seen. I’d love to compare the two films!

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