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9 Ratings

This Happy Life

Tanoshiki kana jinsei

Directed by Mikio Naruse
Japan, 1944


This Happy Life is about a small community. Soma and his two daughters have a kind of magical capacity to endow everyday life with spirituality, although the Germanic menu they serve to guests is a good clue as to the sources of their inspiration.

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This Happy Life Directed by Mikio Naruse

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I’m glad there isn’t anything else like this bizarre movie in Naruse’s filmography, but it’s a whole lot more appealing and graceful than it has any right to be. THIS HAPPY LIFE is pure wartime propaganda, but of an unusual sort.
June 06, 2016
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