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Japanese Cinema of the 1920's

by Frank
Japanese Cinema of the 1920's by Frank
Few Japanese films from the 1920’s still exist in their complete form, partially because of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and partially because of the allied bombings on Tokyo. Still at least two masterpieces remain; Murata’s Souls on the Road, which innovated with new film techniques like crosscutting and had actual female actresses in the film, and the experimental A Page of Madness, which still remains one of the most radical and challenging films ever made in Japan. One can only hope Japanese studio’s will distribute more early Japanese cinema so we can gain a better insight in early Japanese cinema. (works by Shimizu, Shimazu,… Read more

Few Japanese films from the 1920’s still exist in their complete form, partially because of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and partially because of the allied bombings on Tokyo. Still at least two masterpieces remain; Murata’s Souls on the Road, which innovated with new film techniques like crosscutting and had actual female actresses in the film, and the experimental A Page of Madness, which still remains one of the most radical and challenging films ever made in Japan. One can only hope Japanese studio’s will distribute more early Japanese cinema so we can gain a better insight in early Japanese cinema. (works by Shimizu, Shimazu, Ushihara and Gosho still exist as well)

Souls on the Road (1921, Murata)
A Page of Madness (1926, Kinugasa)
Jujiro (1928, Kinugasa)
Tokyo March (1929, Mizoguchi)
Days of Youth (1929, Ozu)
Undying Pearl (1921, Shimizu)
A Straightforward Boy (1929, Ozu)
Fighting Friends (1929, Ozu) Incomplete
I Graduated, but … (1929, Ozu) Incomplete
Asahi wa Kagayaku (1929, Mizoguchi) incomplete

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