Scene at the Sea / Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi (1991)

A young deaf-mute man decides he wants to be a surfer and is followed on his quest by his deaf-mute girlfriend. Nothing could be more likely to become a tear-filled journey, probably to ultimate success and love. But from the very first shot of two young men blankly staring straight ahead into the camera, it … Continue reading Scene at the Sea / Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi (1991)

The Bride Talks in Her Sleep / Hanayome no negoto (1933)

Like The Neighbor's Wife and Mine, Gosho's Bride Talks in Her Sleep is designed to show off the new sound technology that Shochiku was slowly introducing as their studio standard. It is also a light-hearted look at student and salaryman life in the early thirties, very much the same feel as Ozu's silent student comedies … Continue reading The Bride Talks in Her Sleep / Hanayome no negoto (1933)

It’s Tough Being a Man* / Tora-san – Our Lovable Tramp / Otoko wa tsurai yo (1969)

Most Americans who become interested in Japanese movies are first attracted to the exoticism of the jidai-geki or the energy and violence of the yakuza movies, so it is easy to forget that there was a large world of movies about modern life being made at the same time. The shomin-geki did not die in … Continue reading It’s Tough Being a Man* / Tora-san – Our Lovable Tramp / Otoko wa tsurai yo (1969)