Portrait of Chieko

is a 1967 Japanese drama film directed by Noboru Nakamura. It is based both on the 1941 poetry collection Chieko-shō by Japanese poet and sculptor Kōtarō Takamura, dedicated to his wife Chieko (1886–1938), and on the 1957 novel Shōsetsu Chieko-shō by Haruo Satō. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.


In 1909, during the war, Kotaro Takamura joins the "Bread Club" and lives extravagantly. Through mutual friends, the Tsubaki couple, he meets Chieko Naganuma, an art student, and they quickly become close. After a year, they marry. Kotaro focuses on poetry while Chieko pursues oil painting. In 1915, Chieko's painting is rejected from the Bunte Exhibition, leading to disappointment. They visit Chieko's hometown, Nihonmatsu, where her parents welcome them warmly. After a fire takes Chieko's father's life, she abandons painting for weaving. In 1931, her niece Fumiko moves in after becoming a nurse. When Chieko's family goes bankrupt, she hides it from Kotaro, suffering alone until attempting suicide. Saved by Fumiko, she endures mental illness, only recognizing Kotaro. Despite treatment in Nihonmatsu and Kujukuri-hama, her condition worsens. Admitted to a psychiatric clinic in Shinagawa in 1938, she creates impressive artwork. She dies from pneumonia in 1938, holding Kotaro's hand.