This masterpiece, overflowing with wisdom, represents the “Kihachi touch”. Even for lead actor Kobayashi Keiju, this film has become exemplary among his variety of performances. Eburi, while drunk, declares that he would write something for a magazine. Once sober, he writes a novella using himself as a model. Utilizing the essay-style storytelling of the original story, and with audacious editing to insert sequences of animation, the film skillfully describes the everyday life of an ordinary salaryman with a comical pace. Within the framework of “Salaryman Comedies”, Toho’s specialty of the time, Okamoto expressed the scars of World War II at every turn. —Arsenal
Kihachi Okamoto (岡本 喜八 Okamoto Kihachi?, February 17, 1924–February 19, 2005) was a Japanese film director who has worked in several different genres, including jidaigeki.
Born in Yonago, Okamoto attended Meiji University, but was drafted in 1943 and entered World War II during its most difficult hours, an experience that had a profound effect on his later film work, one third of which dealt with war. Finally graduating after the war, he entered the Toho studies in 1947 and worked as an assistant under such directors as Mikio Naruse, Masahiro Makino, Ishirō Honda, and Senkichi Taniguchi. He made his debut as a director in 1958 with All About Marriage.
Okamoto directed almost 40 films and wrote the scripts for at least 24, in a career that spanned almost six decades. He worked in a variety of genres, but most memorably in action genres such as the jidaigeki and war films. But he was known for throwing “curve balls”, or making films with a twist. Inspired to become a filmmaker… read more