Silent Naruse

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Summary

  • Flunky, work hard. Mikio Naruse's earliest available film, Flunky, work hard is the rare work by the director not to center around female characters. It is a charming, breezy short concerning an impoverished insurance salesman and his scrappy son.
  • No blood relation. A gripping early example of Mikio Naruse's cinematic boldness, featuring a screenplay by Ozu's famed collaborator Kogo Noda, an actress returns to Tokyo after a successful stint in Hollywood to reclaim the daughter she abandoned years before.
  • Apart from you. In this gently devastating drama, a critical breakthrough for Naruse, he contrasts the life of an aging geisha, whose angry teenage son is ashamed of her profession, with that of her youthful counterpart, a lovely young girl resentful of her family for forcing her into a life of ignominy.
  • Every-night dreams. In the formally ravishing Every-night dreams, set in the dockside neighborhoods of Tokyo, a single mother works tirelessly as a Ginza bar hostess to ensure a better life for her young son - until her long-lost husband returns.
  • Street without end. Mikio Naruse's final silent film is a gloriously rich portrait of a waitress, Sugiko, whose life, despite a host of male admirers and even some intrigued movie talent scouts, ends up taking a suffocatingly domestic turn after a wealthy businessman accidentally hits her with his car.

Notes

  • Title from container.
  • 'Street without end' based on a novel by Komatsu Kitamura.
  • Videodisc release of motion pictures originally released in 1931, 1932, 1933, and 1934.
  • DVD ; NTSC, region 1 ; Dolby Digital stereo.
  • Silent with Japanese intertitles and English subtitles.

Contents

  • [v. 1.] Flunky, work hard (1931, 28 min.). No blood relation (1932, 79 min.) -- [v. 2.] Apart from you (1933, 60 min.). Every-night dreams (1933, 65 min.) -- [v. 3.] Street without end (1934, 88 min.)
  • [v. 1.] Koshiben ganbare (1931, 28 min.). Nasanu naka (1932, 79 min.) -- [v. 2.] Kimi to wakarete (1933, 60 min.). Yogoto no yume (1933, 65 min.) -- [v. 3.] Kagirinaki hodou (1934, 88 min.)
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