Archive of films Record of a Tenement Gentleman / Nagaya shinshi roku

Japan
1947, 72 min

Section: Retrospective: 100 Years of Yasujiro Ozu
Year: 2003

This story of an old widow´s miraculous change of heart after meeting an abandoned boy is drawn from post-war Japanese reality. To paraphrase film scholar David Bordwell, even if Ozu had shot only this seventy-two minute film, he would have been considered one of the greatest directors of all time.


Synopsis

Otane, a widow who operates a store, begins taking care of an abandoned boy named Kohei - though not completely of her own free will. She makes it clear to him that he is a burden, but he doesn´t let himself be scared away. During the next several days this quiet boy wins the elderly woman over and she begins to adore him. After Otane learns how to express her feelings, Kohei´s father comes to take charge of the boy. As compensation, the lonely widow decides to adopt a child orphaned by the war. This story of a miraculous change of heart is drawn from post-war Japanese reality, but also evinces clear nostalgia for the world that existed before the outbreak of war. To paraphrase film scholar David Bordwell, even if Ozu had shot only this seventy-two-minute film, he would have been considered one of the greatest directors of all time.

Contacts

Shochiku Co., Ltd.
4-1-1 Tsukiji, Togeki Bldg. 12th Floor, Chuo-Ku, 104 8422, Tokyo
Japan
Tel: +81 355 501 623
Fax: +81 355 501 654
E-mail: ibd@shochiku.co.jp
www: www.shochikufilms.com

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Retrospective: 100 Years of Yasujiro Ozu
   
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Screenplay: Tadao Ikeda, Yasujiro Ozu
Dir. of Photography: Yuharu Atsuta
Music: Ichiro Saito
Editor: Yoshi Sugihara
Producer: Kozo Kubo
Production: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
Cast: Choko Iida, Eitaro Ozawa, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Hohi Aoki, Hideko Mimura, Chishu Ryu
Contact: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
   
www: www.shochiku.com/film
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