Drama on 3
Thousand Cranes is celebrated in Japan as a modern literary classic. It's author Yasunari Kawabata was the recipient of the 1968 Nobel Prize for Literature. This is a new adaptation for radio by Jude Cook. Following the death of his parents, bachelor Kikuji finds himself attracted to his father's last mistress, Mrs Ota. Meanwhile his father's first mistress - the manipulative Miss Kurimoto - urges him to pursue Yukiko, the Inamura girl, an ethereal young woman. Death, desire and envy convene around the art of the tea ceremony, where each detail is charged with intense significance. The story takes place against the backdrop of a country in transition. In the late 1940s, Japan was attempting to value and preserve tradition, while seeking to industrialise and embrace modern capitalist values following the trauma of the Second World War. Part of this modernisation involved questioning the power balance of sexual relations, where men had traditionally held the upper hand. A meditation on fulfilment, isolation, submission, and passivity versus action.
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