Japanese Film Festival | Satellite

The Affair


Directed by: Yoshishige Yoshida
1967 / 98 minutes / Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult

Based on the novel "Joen" by Masaaki Tachihara

As a young woman, Oriko (played by prolific actor Mariko Okada) condemned her widowed mother for openly pursuing relationships with younger men. After her mother passes away, she finds herself in an unhappy, loveless marriage and begins to understand her mother’s actions.

The Affair, based on Masaaki Tachihara’s novel of the same title, depicts female characters exploring their own desires and seeking to define their own sexuality. This visually stunning example of Japanese New Wave cinema is also one of numerous collaborations between real-life couple Yoshida and Okada, who later turned to producing films.

Free JFF Classics film

Advanced booking is not available for the Art Gallery of NSW screenings. Tickets are handed out at the Domain Theatre, 1 hour prior to the screening.


National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra


Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney


Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney


ACMI, Melbourne

Screens in: Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida

Original story: Masaaki Tachihara

Producer: Keinosuke Kubo and Tsunenori Ibara

Cast: Mariko Okada, Yoshie Minami, Kanno Naoyuki, Shigako Shimegi and Isao Kimura

Genre: Classics

Format: 35mm b&w