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14 Ratings

A Hero of Tokyo

Tokyo no eiyu

Directed by Hiroshi Shimizu
Japan, 1935


This late silent film is little more than an hour long, and achieves a narrative concentration and emotional intensity which place it among the neglected gems of the Japanese cinema of the 1930s.

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A Hero of Tokyo Directed by Hiroshi Shimizu

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  • Brotherdeacon's rating of the film A Hero of Tokyo

    A relentless tale of societal disgrace and the even more squalid price of retribution. Hiroshi Shimuzu eschewed a dramatic formula of tension and release in pacing, trading it for an uninterrupted slide down the drain, which I found unsatisfying, not being a Japanese viewer from 1935. Mitsuko Yoshikawa was asked to rely on a mood of dejection almost throughout rather than many plausible scenes in which her

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