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Tokyo Chorus (1931)

Tôkyô no kôrasu (original title)
A married Tokyo man faces unemployment after standing up for an older colleague.

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Cast overview:
Tokihiko Okada ...
Emiko Yagumo ...
Tsuma Sugako (His wife)
Hideo Sugawara ...
Sono Chounan (First Son)
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Sono Choujo (First Daughter)
Tatsuo Saitô ...
Omura Sensei (Teacher)
Chôko Iida ...
Sensei no tusma (Mrs. Omura)
Takeshi Sakamoto ...
Rou-Shain Yamada (Old employee)
Reikô Tani ...
Shachou (Company President)
Ken'ichi Miyajima ...
Hisho (Secretary)
Isamu Yamaguchi ...
Kaisha no Douryou (An Employee)
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Mr. Omura, a teacher, leads a group of male students in an outdoor drill. One slight, comic young man, Shinji Okajima, has no shirt under his jacket; he scratches at fleas and makes faces behind Omura's back. Jump ahead several years, Shinji is married with three children. He sells insurance, and on the company's annual bonus day, he protests when an older worker is fired. Shinji loses his own job as a result, and he and his wife must find ways to cope. Lassitude, pride, the demands and needs of young children, and relationships from bygone school days all play a part in the outcome of their struggle. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Wonderful film of 1930s Tokyo
16 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't have much to add to the other fine reviews, just two things:

(I) I rarely like silent films, but this one kept me entertained (and moved) throughout. I guess Ozu is just that good.

(2) There's a fascinating reference by the lead character, a salaryman for an insurance company where business has been slow in Depression-era Tokyo, to "Hoover's policies" not helping Japan as yet. I'm not sure if it was ironic or not -- I'd be surprised if it was meant to be an argument for a more Keynesian policy, but I'm not certain. In a way, I suppose the mention shouldn't come as a shock -- the world economy was sufficiently integrated in the 1930s for US economic policy to have a significant impact on Japan. Still, it was a reminder of, well justified or not, the importance of the US in the outlook of the typical Japanese.


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