Immortal Love (1961): Oscar Nominee 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 that she is stronger and more stubborn than expected to be.  When her lover returns, they decide to run off together, risking their lives.

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

Oscar Nominations: 1

Best Foreign Language Film

Oscar Awards:


Oscar Context:

The winner of the Foreign Language Oscar was Ingmar Bergman’s Through the Glass Darkly. The other three nominees were Harry and the Butler from Denmark; The Important Man from Mexico; and Placido from Spain.


Hideko Takamine as Sadako

Tatsuya Nakadai as Heibei

Akira Ishihama.

Nobuko Otowa.

Keiji Sata.



Running time: 107 Minutes.

Directed and written by Keisuke Kinoshita.