Double bill from renowned Japanese filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi. Based on a centuries old tale, 'Chikamatsu Monogatari' (1954) tells the tragic story of a love affair between a merchant's wife, Osan (Kyoko Kagawa), and her husband's employee, Mohei (Kazuo Hasegawa), in an era when the punishment for adultery was crucifixion. When a series of innocent events lead to the false accusation of an affair between them, the pair are forced to flee. On the run, the outlaw couple grow closer together, drawn towards the crime of which they're accused. 'Uwasa No Onna' (1954) is set in a modern Kyoto, where Hatsuko (Kinuyo Tanaka) is the madame of her own geisha house. When she ends up persuing the same man as her daughter Yukiko (Yoshiko Kuga), both women are forced to examine their relationship and their attitude to the family business.