A melodrama about a modern young woman’s affairs of the heart. After leaving home when his family object to their marriage, struggling writer Shigeo moves in with Minako, making ends meet with her meager earnings at a cafe. He tries to find a job, but his uncle uses his power to make things difficult for them. Taking Minako’s side, Shigeo’s younger sister Toshiko tries to reason with her parents. But then the uncle convinces Minako to leave Shigeo… A portrayal of women caught between old and new values, featuring popular symbols of the era such as Ginza and apartments. —Berlin International Film Festival
Born in Kanda, Tokyo on June 3rd 1897 as the second son of marine products merchant Otojiro, Yasujiro Shimazu assisted with the family business after graduating from an English language school. But his passion for film grew, and in 1920 he applied to Shochiku after seeing a newspaper advertisement recruiting staff for their move into the film business. There he became an apprentice to Osanai Kaoru, and subsequently worked as an assistant director on the 1921 film Souls on the Road (Rojo no Reikon) at the Shochiku Cinema Institute.
His directorial debut Sabishiki Hitobito (1921) was shelved, but in 1922 he returned to Shochiku’s Kamata studio and was recognized as a director for films such as Yama no Senroban (1923). The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 destroyed studios in Tokyo and while most directors relocated to Kyoto, Shimazu remained in Tokyo and established a rapport with new Kamata studio head Shiro Kido. Then he made a switch from Shinpa melodramatic… read more