Oscar Movies: Immortal Love (1961)–from Japan


Beautifully written and directed by Keisuke Kinoshita, “Immortal Love” was Japan’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film of 1961.

This dramatic tale centers on a woman named Sadako (Hideko Takamine), who realizes that she will be unable to marry the man she loves.  Meanwhile, the son of the town’s richest landowners, physically disabled from WWII, decides to marry Sadako, and his confidence derives from the fact that her father is a peasant and thus she has no choice.

It turns out she is stronger and more stubborn than expected to be.  When her lover returns, they decide to run off together, risking their life

Deliberately paced, the film takes its time in delineating the characters and their complex relationships.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Best Foreign Language Film
Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:


The winner of the Foreign Language Oscar was Ingmar Bergman’s “Through the Glass Darkly.”

Hideko Takamine as Sadako

Tatsuya Nakadai as Heibei

Akira Ishihama.

Nobuko Otowa.

Keiji Sata.



Running time: 107 Minutes.

Directed and written by Keisuke Kinoshita.